- the making of amends for wrong or injury done: reparation for an injustice.
- Usually reparations. compensation in money, material, labor, etc., payable by a defeated country to another country or to an individual for loss suffered during or as a result of war.
- restoration to good condition.
- repair1(def 7).
Origin of reparation
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Examples from the Web for reparation
As reparation, the court ordered $563 to be paid out to Yang and required the clinic to post an apology on its website.China’s Electroshock Gay-Conversion Case
December 19, 2014
Three years on, the demands for some kind of reparation have reached fever pitch.Barclays CEO Resigns: Scandal Links to Bank of England
July 3, 2012
The only reparation I want is for you to see rape as not my problem, but your problem.Michelle Bachelet: Women Are Smart Investments
March 12, 2011
I don't like the term "reparation," sir, except as a lever in the hands of counsel.Little Dorrit
Ought you not to have exacted my admittance to the Comedie as a reparation for the insult?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I owe him reparation, and it shall be paid to the uttermost penny.
"You offered the only reparation in your power," he said at length.The Education of Eric Lane
Can you, from the brief minutes I have left, Eke out my reparation?Browning's England
Helen Archibald Clarke
- the act or process of making amendsan injury admitting of no reparation
- (usually plural) compensation exacted as an indemnity from a defeated nation by the victors: esp the compensation demanded of Germany by the Treaty of Versailles after World War I
- the act or process of repairing or state of having been repaired
Word Origin and History for reparation
late 14c., "reconciliation," from Old French reparacion and directly from Late Latin reparationem (nominative reparatio) "act of repairing, restoration," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin reparare "restore, repair" (see repair (v.1)). Meaning "act of repairing or mending" is attested from c.1400. Reparations "compensation for war damaged owed by the aggressor" is attested from 1921, with reference to Germany, from French réparations (1919).
Compensation demanded by a victorious nation from a defeated nation. Reparations can be in the form of goods or money.