reprisal

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

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reprisal (plural reprisals)

  1. An act of retaliation.
  2. (archaic) Something taken from an enemy in retaliation.
  3. (archaic) The act of taking something from an enemy by way of retaliation or indemnity.
    • Macaulay
      debatable ground, on which incursions and reprisals continued to take place

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