- 1An act of retaliation: three youths died in the reprisals which followed [mass noun]: the threat of reprisalMore example sentences
retaliation, counterattack, counterstroke, comeback; revenge, vengeance, retribution, requital, recrimination, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, tit for tat, getting even, redress, repayment, payback; Latin lex talionis• informal a taste of one's own medicine• rare ultion, a Roland for an Oliver
- No one was arrested in the 1983 incident, but professional reprisals did follow.
- The Allies, who were at one stage two days’ march from Paris, had circulated details of their planned reprisals, so that the Revolutionaries knew who was to be tortured to death and who merely imprisoned for life.
- Zimmerman continues: ‘Those people to whom trade, growth and profit count most make the point that economic reprisals are inevitable.’
late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French reprisaille, from medieval Latin reprisalia (neuter plural), based on Latin repraehens- 'seized', from the verb repraehendere (see reprehend). The current sense dates from the early 18th century.