- Reprisal is an act of using force or causing injury for vengeance.
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, reprēndere, 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 "représailles", formerly "reprisailles", originally from Italian "rappresaglia".