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reprisal

  

      n  
1    often pl   retaliatory action against an enemy in wartime, such as the execution of prisoners of war, destruction of property, etc.  
2    the act or an instance of retaliation in any form  
3    (formerly) the forcible seizure of the property or subjects of one nation by another  
     (C15: from Old French reprisaille, from Old Italian ripresaglia, from riprendere to recapture, from Latin reprehendere to hold fast; see reprehend)  
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reprisal

  
  
an eye for an eye, counterstroke, requital, retaliation, retribution, revenge, vengeance  

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