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From French "représailles", formerly "reprisailles", originally from Italian "rappresaglia".
- Rhymes: -aɪzəl
reprisal (plural reprisals)
- 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.
- debatable ground, on which incursions and reprisals continued to take place
- See also Wikisaurus:revenge