[ree-per-kuhsh-uh n, rep-er-]


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

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of repercussions

  • Had I answered in the affirmative there might have been repercussions, perhaps a sequel to Proycon.

    Exploiter's End

    James Causey

  • The "repercussions" of the Jameson Raid were not overlooked.

  • If there were to be repercussions, they might as well be faced right now.

    The Lost Wagon

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

  • This contemplated division of Cameron had repercussions in the relations between that parish and its mother parish Truro.

    Legends of Loudoun

    Harrison Williams

  • Sociologists and agriculturalists have found these repercussions puzzling and have not discovered clear-cut reasons for them.

    Frying Pan Farm

    Elizabeth Brown Pryor

British Dictionary definitions for repercussions



(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
Derived Formsrepercussive, adjective

Word Origin for repercussion

C16: from Latin repercussiō, from repercutere to strike back; see percussion
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Word Origin and History for repercussions



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