from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Retaliation for an injury with the intent of inflicting at least as much injury in return.
- n. Forcible seizure of an enemy's goods or subjects in retaliation for injuries inflicted.
- n. The practice of using political or military force without actually resorting to war.
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- n. act of retaliation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of taking from an enemy by way of reteliation or indemnity.
- n. Anything taken from an enemy in retaliation.
- n. The act of retorting on an enemy by inflicting suffering or death on a prisoner taken from him, in retaliation for an act of inhumanity.
- n. Any act of retaliation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In international law:
- n. The act of retorting on an enemy by inflicting suffering or death on a prisoner taken from him, in retaliation of an act of inhumanity.
- n. Any taking by way of retaliation; an act of severity done in retaliation.
- n. Same as recaption.
- n. A prize.
- n. A restitution.
- n. =Syn. 1–3. Retribution, Retaliation, etc. See revenge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a retaliatory action against an enemy in wartime
Middle English reprisail, from Old French reprisaille, from Old Italian ripresaglia, from ripreso, past participle of riprendere, to take back, from Latin reprehendere, reprēndere, to take hold of; see reprehend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French "représailles", formerly "reprisailles", originally from Italian "rappresaglia". (Wiktionary)