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English definition of “reprisal”

reprisal

noun [C, U]     /rɪˈpraɪzəl/
something violent or unpleasant that is done to punish an enemy for something they have done: The attack was in reprisal for police raids . He did not wish to be filmed because he feared reprisals.Revenge and vengefulnessPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of reprisal noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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