- 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
Related Words for repercussionsimpact, reaction, influence, effect, reverberation, backlash, fallout, feedback, kickback, rebound, mark, imprint, recoil, result, echo, flak, follow-through, follow-up, waves, re-echo
Examples from the Web for repercussions
Contemporary Examples of repercussions
The only repercussions Iraqi has faced are outside of Egypt, as she lost her place in an upcoming Swiss Film Festival, he added.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
December 30, 2014
It means that maybe, just maybe, there are repercussions attached to the actions of our reality TV stars.The Shocking Rise and Fall of ‘Honey Boo Boo’
October 24, 2014
There will be no repercussions upon tonight's return to base.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
The repercussions of the Napa earthquake may go beyond toppled barrel rooms and a disrupted tourist season.Cleaning Up From Napa's Winepocalypse
August 30, 2014
What remains to be seen is who will suffer the repercussions.Iran Supreme Leader Spills the Nuke Talk Secrets
July 12, 2014
Historical Examples of repercussions
Had I answered in the affirmative there might have been repercussions, perhaps a sequel to Proycon.Exploiter's End
The "repercussions" of the Jameson Raid were not overlooked.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV.
Charles L. Graves
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
Sociologists and agriculturalists have found these repercussions puzzling and have not discovered clear-cut reasons for them.Frying Pan Farm
Elizabeth Brown Pryor
- (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 for repercussion
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.