reprisal

  • 1 reprisal — re·pri·sal /ri prī zəl/ n [Anglo French reprisaile reprisaille, from Middle French, from Old Italian ripresaglia, from ripreso, past participle of riprendere to take back, from ri back + prendere to take, from Latin prehendere] 1 a: the act or… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Reprisal — Re*pris al (r? priz al), n. [F. repr?saille, It. ripresaglia, rappresaglia, LL. reprensaliae, fr. L. reprehendere, reprehensum. See {Reprehend}, {Reprise}.] 1. The act of taking from an enemy by way of reteliation or indemnity. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 reprisal — early 15c., seizing property or citizens of another nation in retaliation for loss inflicted on one s own, from Anglo Fr. reprisaille (mid 14c.), from O.Fr. reprisaille, from early It. ripresaglia, from ripreso, pp. of riprendere take back, from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 reprisal — *retaliation, retribution, revenge, vengeance …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 reprisal — [n] revenge avengement, avenging, counterblow, counterstroke, eye for an eye*, paying back, requital, retaliation, retribution, vengeance; concept 384 Ant. kindness, sympathy …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 reprisal — ► NOUN 1) an act of retaliation. 2) historical the forcible seizure of a foreign subject or their goods as an act of retaliation. ORIGIN Old French reprisaille, from Latin reprehendere seize, check, rebuke …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 reprisal — [ri prī′zəl] n. [ME reprisail < MFr reprisaille < It rappresaglia < riprendere, to take back < L reprehendere: see REPREHEND] 1. Historical the forcible seizure of property or subjects in retaliation for an injury inflicted by another …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 reprisal — n. 1) to carry out reprisals 2) a harsh reprisal 3) a reprisal against, on 4) in reprisal for 5) (misc.) by way of reprisal * * * [rɪ praɪz(ə)l] on (misc.) by way of reprisal a harsh reprisal a reprisal against in reprisal for …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 reprisal — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ bloody, brutal, savage, violent ▪ military ▪ The government responded with harsh military reprisals. ▪ economic …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 Reprisal — Not to be confused with a reprise. In warfare, a reprisal is a limited and deliberate violation of the laws of war to punish an enemy for breaking the laws of war. A legally executed reprisal is not an .To be legally justified, a reprisal can… …

    Wikipedia

  • 11 reprisal — UK [rɪˈpraɪz(ə)l] / US noun [countable/uncountable, often plural] Word forms reprisal : singular reprisal plural reprisals something unpleasant that is done to punish an enemy or opponent because of something bad that they have done to you… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 reprisal — re|pri|sal [rıˈpraızəl] n [U and C] [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: reprisaille, from Old Italian, from riprendere to take back ] something violent or harmful which you do to punish someone for something bad they have done to you… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 reprisal — re|pri|sal [ rı praızl ] noun count or uncount often plural something unpleasant done to punish or take revenge on an enemy or opponent because of something they have done: reprisal against: The State Department is concerned about possible… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 reprisal — noun (C, U) also reprisals (plural) an act of violence or other strong reaction, to punish your enemies or opponents for something they have done: They didn t tell the police for fear of reprisal. | in reprisal (for): prisoners killed in reprisal …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 reprisal — [[t]rɪpra͟ɪz(ə)l[/t]] reprisals N VAR If you do something to a person in reprisal, you hurt or punish them because they have done something violent or unpleasant to you. There were fears that some of the Western hostages might be killed in… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 reprisal — noun following the ethnic violence in Nigeria, the fear is of reprisal Syn: retaliation, counterattack, comeback; revenge, vengeance, retribution, requital; informal a taste of one s own medicine …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 reprisal — A form of retorsion, being the act of a sovereign state, taken short of war, in retaliation against another nation for what it deems to be a wrong committed against it by the other nation, as where a nation seizes property of another nation which …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 18 reprisal — noun Etymology: Middle English reprisail, from Anglo French reprisaile, from Medieval Latin represalia, from Old Italian rappresaglia, ultimately from ripreso, past participle of riprendere to take back, from ri re (from Latin re ) + prendere to… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 reprisal — /ri pruy zeuhl/, n. 1. (in warfare) retaliation against an enemy, for injuries received, by the infliction of equal or greater injuries. 2. an act or instance of retaliation. 3. the action or practice of using force, short of war, against another …

    Universalium

  • 20 reprisal — noun act of retaliation …

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