retorsion

or re·tor·tion

[ri-tawr-shuh n]
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noun International Law.

retaliation or reprisal by one state identical or similar to an act by an offending state, such as high tariffs or discriminating duties.

Origin of retorsion

1650–60; < Medieval Latin retorsiōn- (stem of retorsiō, variant of retortiō); see retortion
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retorsion

noun

rare retaliatory action taken by a state whose citizens have been mistreated by a foreign power by treating the subjects of that power similarly; reprisal

Word Origin for retorsion

C17: from French; see retort 1
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