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reprisal

noun [C or U] uk   /rɪˈpraɪ.zəl/ us  
(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.
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