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English definition of “reprisal”

reprisal

noun [C or U]     /rɪˈpraɪ.zəl/
(an example of) activity against another person , especially as a punishment by military forces or a political group : economic / military reprisals They promised that individuals could live freely without fear of reprisal from the military . The attack was in reprisal for the kidnapping of their leaders .Revenge and vengefulness
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