From Anglo-Norman 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).
- 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