Reprisal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈpraɪzl|  American pronunciation of the word reprisal
Brit.  |rɪˈprʌɪz(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word reprisal


- a retaliatory action against an enemy in wartime


Enemy officers suffered harsh reprisals.

The allies threatened economic reprisals against the invading country.

The hostages were taken in reprisal for the bombing.

They didn't tell the police for fear of reprisal.

There were reprisals against unarmed civilians.

Alfred was shot in reprisal for the killing of a rival gang member.

a cycle of reprisal and retaliation

Word forms

singular: reprisal
plural: reprisals
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