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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 from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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