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Noun payback has 2 senses
  1. payback - financial return or reward (especially returns equal to the initial investment)
    --1 is a kind of
    return, issue, proceeds, take, takings, yield, payoff
  2. vengeance, retribution, payback - the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life; "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"--Romans 12:19; "For vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge"--James Garfield; "he swore vengeance on the man who betrayed him"; "the swiftness of divine retribution"
    --2 is a kind of retaliation, revenge
    Derived form: verb pay back2
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