An example of reprisal is when one country bombs another to retaliate for that country's earlier military hostilities.
- Historical the forcible seizure of property or subjects in retaliation for an injury inflicted by another country
- the act or practice of using force, short of war, against another nation to obtain redress of grievances
- injury done, or the doing of injury, in return for injury received; retaliation or an act of retaliation, specif. in war, as the killing of prisoners
Origin of reprisalMiddle English reprisail ; from Middle French reprisaille ; from Italian rappresaglia ; from riprendere, to take back ; from Classical Latin reprehendere: see reprehend
- The act or an instance of retaliating for a loss or injury.
- The act or practice of forcibly seizing an enemy's goods or citizens in retaliation for a loss or injury inflicted.
Origin of reprisalMiddle English reprisail, from Old French reprisaille, from Old Italian ripresaglia, from ripreso, past participle of riprendere, to take back, from Latin reprehendere, repr&emacron;ndere, to take hold of; see reprehend.
- An act of retaliation.
- (archaic) Something taken from an enemy in retaliation.
- (archaic) The act of taking something from an enemy by way of retaliation or indemnity.
From French "reprÃ©sailles", formerly "reprisailles", originally from Italian "rappresaglia".