Origin of reprisal
Examples from the Web for reprisal
Declining to use his real name out of fear of reprisal, Ibrahim describes a dark and gruesome odyssey.
The young Syrian-Palestinian cartoonist extends a vital tradition—but one where reprisal can mean violence death.Hani Abbas Extends the Vital Tradition of Political Cartooning in the Mideast|Patrick Hilsman|October 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The attack was allegedly meant to serve as a reprisal for American participation in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.Did the U.S. Make a Mistake In Seizing Anas al-Liby?|Jamie Dettmer|October 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Paul showed me the pathetic Porsche and then described his plan of reprisal.
Scholars, the argument goes, can write about any topic without fear of reprisal from university officials.
We allowed the invaders to remain in the protected State of Sikkim two years before we made any reprisal.The Unveiling of Lhasa|Edmund Candler
He thought of Harvey and his companion, safely ashore, and perhaps long ere this having set on foot a search of reprisal.Jack Harvey's Adventures|Ruel Perley Smith
In such a state of things, reprisal is a right—reprisal is a duty.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
Franklin embarked in the Reprisal, a rapid sailing sloop of war of sixteen guns.
She seemed gauging me, trying, no doubt, to find out what reprisal would be taken against her brother.
British Dictionary definitions for reprisal
Word Origin for reprisal
Word Origin and History for reprisal
early 15c., "seizing property or citizens of another nation in retaliation for loss inflicted on one's own," from Anglo-French reprisaille (14c.), from Old French reprisaille (Modern French représaille), from early Italian ripresaglia, from ripreso, past participle of riprendere "take back," from Latin reprendere, earlier reprehendere (see reprehend). General sense of "retaliation" is from 1710.
Culture definitions for reprisal
An act by which a nation seeks, short of war, to redress a wrong committed against it by another nation. Boycotts and blockades are common forms of reprisal.