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Meaning of REPRISAL

Pronunciation:  ri'prIzul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a retaliatory action against an enemy in wartime
 

REPRISAL is a 8 letter word that starts with R.

 

 See Also: retaliation, revenge

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Re*pris"al\ (r?-priz"al), n. [F. repr?saille, It.
ripresaglia, rappresaglia, LL. reprensaliae, fr. L.
reprehendere, reprehensum. See {Reprehend}, {Reprise}.]
1. The act of taking from an enemy by way of reteliation or
   indemnity.

         Debatable ground, on which incursions and reprisals
         continued to take place.              --Macaulay.

2. Anything taken from an enemy in retaliation.

3. The act of retorting on an enemy by inflicting suffering
   or death on a prisoner taken from him, in retaliation for
   an act of inhumanity. --Vattel (Trans.)

4. Any act of retaliation. --Waterland.

{Letters of marque and reprisal}. See under {Marque}.

 

 

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