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[ree-per-kuhsh-uh n, rep-er-] /ˌri pərˈkʌʃ ən, ˌrɛp ər-/
an effect or result, often indirect or remote, of some event or action:
The repercussions of the quarrel were widespread.
the state of being driven back by a resisting body.
a rebounding or recoil of something after impact.
reverberation; echo.
Music. (in a fugue) the point after the development of an episode at which the subject and answer appear again.
Origin of repercussion
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin repercussiōn- (stem of repercussiō) a rebounding, equivalent to repercuss(us) (past participle of repercutere to strike back) + -iōn- -ion. See re-, percussion Unabridged
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  • Yet was it not inevitable that the stroke which laid him low must wound her on its repercussion?

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • The repercussion was at once felt even in our remote corner of the earth.

    With the Turks in Palestine Alexander Aaronsohn
  • But there are ways with hand or handkerchief of breaking the repercussion.

    Around The Tea-Table T. De Witt Talmage
  • Even as far north as Greenland the repercussion may be felt.

  • In agony they lay in silence and counted time by the repercussion of pain until the welcome dawn came with its new supply of hope.

  • I have only known existence by the pressure of the heavy hand of sickness, and counted time by the repercussion of pain.

    Robert Burns Gabriel Setoun
  • Is not sound a condition of the air under compression, dilatation, and repercussion?

  • The halting words of Cyprien rang in his ears, like the repercussion of an endless echo.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • She felt the repercussion of it in all her nerves, although her sound common-sense condemned the sensation as unreal.

    The Heart of a Woman Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • The repercussion of the battle of Ypres was immediately felt in Canada.

    Canada in Flanders, Volume II (of 3) Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook
British Dictionary definitions for repercussion


(often pl) a result or consequence, esp one that is somewhat removed from the action or event which precipitated it: the repercussions of the war are still keenly felt
a recoil after impact; a rebound
a reflection, esp of sound; echo or reverberation
(music) the reappearance of a fugal subject and answer after an episode
Derived Forms
repercussive, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin repercussiō, from repercutere to strike back; see percussion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for repercussion

early 15c., "act of driving back," from Middle French répercussion (14c.) or directly from Latin repercusionem (nominative repercussio), from past participle stem of repercutere "to strike or beat back; shine back, reflect; echo," from re- "back" (see re-) + percutere "to strike or thrust through" (see percussion). Meaning "reverberation, echo" first recorded 1590s; the metaphoric extension is recorded from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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