Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or an instance of retaliating for a loss or injury.
  • noun The act or practice of forcibly seizing an enemy's goods or citizens in retaliation for a loss or injury inflicted.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In international law:
  • noun 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.
  • noun Any taking by way of retaliation; an act of severity done in retaliation.
  • noun Same as recaption.
  • noun A prize.
  • noun A restitution.
  • noun =Syn. 1–3. Retribution, Retaliation, etc. See revenge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of taking from an enemy by way of reteliation or indemnity.
  • noun Anything taken from an enemy in retaliation.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Any act of retaliation.
  • noun See under Marque.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun act of retaliation

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a retaliatory action against an enemy in wartime

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French "représailles", formerly "reprisailles", originally from Italian "rappresaglia".

Examples

  • But now, without any provocation, and without the justification of reprisal or retaliation, a refusal to outlaw the use of the bomb save in reprisal is making a political purpose of its possession; this is hardly pardonable.

    Atomic War or Peace

  • But now, without any provocation, and without the justification of reprisal or retaliation, a refusal to outlaw the use of the bomb save in reprisal is making a political purpose of its possession; this is hardly pardonable.

    Atomic War or Peace

  • But now, without any provocation, and without the justification of reprisal or retaliation, a refusal to outlaw the use of the bomb save in reprisal is making a political purpose of its possession; this is hardly pardonable.

    Atomic War or Peace

  • Among them was the Popular Resistance Committees, the group Israel almost immediately blamed for the attack, and promptly launched what it called a reprisal strike.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Among them was the Popular Resistance Committees, the group Israel almost immediately blamed for the attack, and promptly launched what it called a reprisal strike.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Jones has said Jesus would approve of his plan for "Burn a Koran Day," which he called a reprisal for Islamist terrorism.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Amnesty International blamed "the negligence of state and federal authorities" for what it called reprisal attacks against activists and relatives of crime victims.

    latimes.com - News

  • Amnesty International blamed "the negligence of state and federal authorities" for what it called reprisal attacks against activists and relatives of crime victims.

    latimes.com - News

  • Jones says Jesus would approve of his plan for "Burn a Koran Day," which he calls a reprisal for Islamist terrorism.

    Latest News - Yahoo!7 News

  • Church officials say they have 200 copies of the Koran and Jones says Jesus would approve of his plan for "Burn a Koran Day," which he calls a reprisal for Islamist terrorism.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

Comments

New comments are temporarily disabled while we update our database.