Examples from the Web for surprisal
The tradition probably refers to an unsuccessful attempt at surprisal by their enemies.Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)|James Athearn Jones
The surprisal of this was entrusted to Tarleton, who, with his dragoons was in Webster's advanced guard.
He that receives that traitor within his gates shall too late complain of surprisal.Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England|Richard Valpy French
Everything was to be conducted with secrecy and by the way of surprisal.
Unless by surprisal and extreme despatch, there is clearly no hope!History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XX. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle