reprisal

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From Anglo-Norman reprisaille, from Old French reprisaille (French représaille), from Old Italian ripresaglia (Italian rappresaglia), from ripreso, past participle of riprendere (to take back), from Latin reprendere, earlier reprehendere (see reprehend).

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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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