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