reprisal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n reprisal a retaliatory action against an enemy in wartime
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reprisal Any act of retaliation.
    • Reprisal Anything taken from an enemy in retaliation.
    • Reprisal The act of retorting on an enemy by inflicting suffering or death on a prisoner taken from him, in retaliation for an act of inhumanity.
    • Reprisal The act of taking from an enemy by way of reteliation or indemnity. "Debatable ground, on which incursions and reprisals continued to take place."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n reprisal In international law: The recovering by force of what is one's own.
    • n reprisal The act of retorting on an enemy by inflicting suffering or death on a prisoner taken from him, in retaliation of an act of inhumanity.
    • n reprisal Any taking by way of retaliation; an act of severity done in retaliation.
    • n reprisal Same as recaption.
    • n reprisal A prize.
    • n reprisal A restitution.
    • n reprisal =Syn. 1–3. Retribution, Retaliation, etc. See revenge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Reprisal rē-prī′zal a seizing back or in retaliation: the retaking of goods captured by an enemy: anything seized, or inflicted, in retaliation: that which is seized for injury inflicted:
    • n Reprisal rē-prī′zal (rare) a restitution.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. reprsaille, It. ripresaglia, rappresaglia, LL. reprensaliae, fr. L. reprehendere, reprehensum,. See Reprehend Reprise
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. represaille—It. ripresagliaripreso (Fr. reprise), retaken—L. re-pre(he)ndĕre, to seize again.

Usage

In literature:

Sharp posthumous reprisals awaited the extravagant fame of Ronsard.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
The neutral ground had been the scene of reprisals and terrible retaliations.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
So is it with the fierce and violent reprisals, sometimes made by frontier rangers.
"Western Characters" by J. L. McConnel
Then came reprisals; and first the savages retaliated by killing the cattle of their enemies.
"Acadia" by Frederic S. Cozzens
This is followed by the reprise of the first and second subjects.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
Reprisals on the part of the Germans was feared.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
It is equally a matter of course that such excesses provoked frequent reprisals from the irregular colonial levies.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
Dick Brewer, Tunstall's foreman, was now sworn in as a "special deputy" by McSween, and a war of reprisal was now on.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
His operations were not to go without an attempted reprisal.
"Bones" by Edgar Wallace
When war-parties from Canada struck the English borders, reprisal was difficult against those who had provoked it.
"A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I" by Francis Parkman
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In news:

Danny Trejo reprises his role as the title character in the movie, which also stars Amber Heard, Lady Gaga and Mel Gibson.
A reprise for Reagan Democrats.
He is reprising the role for an event at the Carnegie Center.
Will Terrell Suggs reprise his Steeler Killer role.
Earlier this week, it was announced that she and Ben Savage, who played Cory Matthews, will reprise their roles in "Girl Meets World," a sequel series in the works.
"SNL" cast member Jason Sudeikis reprised his role as Satan, appearing with red horns and pitchfork.
Neil Diamond is shown as he reprises his 1972 concert "Hot August Night" at the Greek Theatre.
Paul Reubens is reprising his Pee -Wee Herman character for a live stage show in Los Angeles, California.
CCM students shine in reprise of '50s social drama.
San Diego State University professor Dipak Gupta, PhD is concerned the Pakistani regime and military may be in for some serious reprisals from Jihadists and extremists.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse " Psychedelic Pill" Reprise.
Neil Young with Crazy Horse " Psychedelic Pill" (Reprise).
Miller reprises his role as Kowalski the penguin in Madagascar threequel.
When The Client List premieres Sunday on Lifetime, Hewitt will reprise her role as housewife-turned-stripper Samantha Horton in a TV version based on the popular 2011 network flick.
Art-House Action: The Norwegian film Reprise captures the rush of creating art.
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In science:

The bound now follows from hn|(H − z)−1 |mi = eη(m−n) hn|(Hη − z)−1 |mi. 2 The following estimate will be used not only for the proof of Proposition 1, but at several reprises below.
Upper bounds on wavepacket spreading for random Jacobi matrices
Theorem 1.2 is obtained by reprising these arguments and developing quantitative counterparts to limiting assertions made along the way.
Infinite cycles in the random stirring model on trees
To establish that Proposition 1.3 is valid for the values of d and T asserted in Theorem 1.2, we reprise the proof of the proposition.
Infinite cycles in the random stirring model on trees
In the remainder of this section (in 1.1–1.2) we reprise the classical model and provide a summary of the interface formation model with some observations on the main points of its formulation.
Slip or not slip? A methodical examination of the interface formation model using two-dimensional droplet spreading on a horizontal planar substrate as a prototype system
To facilitate the discussion, we first reprise th e relevant results from , .
Mixing Coefficients Between Discrete and Real Random Variables: Computation and Properties
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