reprisal Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"reprisal" in British English

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reprisalnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /rɪˈpraɪ.zəl/
(an ​example of) ​activity against another ​person, ​especially as a ​punishment by ​militaryforces or a ​politicalgroup: economic/​military reprisals They ​promised that ​individuals could ​livefreely without ​fear of reprisal from the ​military. The ​attack was in reprisal for the ​kidnapping of ​theirleaders.
(Definition of reprisal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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reprisalnoun [C/U]

 us   /rɪˈprɑɪ·zəl/
an ​act of ​damage or ​injury against an ​enemy in ​reaction to an ​act of ​damage or ​injury done to you: [U] Employees didn’t ​speak out about the company’s ​pollution for ​fear of reprisal.
(Definition of reprisal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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