- 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 reparations
The discussion of reparations for descendants of slaves saw some chatter this year after a piece in The Atlantic.Sherman Alexie on His New Film, the Redskins, and Why It's OK to Laugh at His Work
August 22, 2014
There was a time when reparations for slavery was a hot issue in race discussions in America.America Is Coming to Terms with Its Racial Past—Let’s Look Ahead Instead
May 22, 2014
We rightly condemn the Allied leaders of the 1920s for squeezing Germany so hard on reparations.The Presidents We Should Have Had
February 20, 2012
What reparations, and subsidies, and contributions he is put to, besides his rent!Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
This year a subsidy was granted, for the reparations of London bridge.The Survey of London
Hence I may be permitted to mention the Commission on Reparations.
And between the remitting of a punishment, and the remitting of reparations of my loss.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)
She needs his work for reparations, for indemnities, for coal.The Fruits of Victory
- 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 reparations
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.