- 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
Examples from the Web for repercussion
Yet was it not inevitable that the stroke which laid him low must wound her on its repercussion?The Sea-Hawk
The repercussion was at once felt even in our remote corner of the earth.With the Turks in Palestine
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.My Lady of the Chimney Corner
- (often plural) a result or consequence, esp one that is somewhat removed from the action or event which precipitated itthe 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
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.