or re·tor·tion

[ ri-tawr-shuh n ]
/ rɪˈtɔr ʃən /

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.


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Origin of retorsion

1650–60; < Medieval Latin retorsiōn- (stem of retorsiō, variant of retortiō); see retortion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for retorsion

/ (rɪˈtɔːʃən) /


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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