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[ree-per-kuhsh-uh n, rep-er-]
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  1. an effect or result, often indirect or remote, of some event or action: The repercussions of the quarrel were widespread.
  2. the state of being driven back by a resisting body.
  3. a rebounding or recoil of something after impact.
  4. reverberation; echo.
  5. Music. (in a fugue) the point after the development of an episode at which the subject and answer appear again.
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Origin of repercussion

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
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for repercussion


  1. (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
  2. a recoil after impact; a rebound
  3. a reflection, esp of sound; echo or reverberation
  4. music the reappearance of a fugal subject and answer after an episode
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Derived Formsrepercussive, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin repercussiō, from repercutere to strike back; see percussion
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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.

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