Reprisal



noun
1.
(in warfare) retaliation against an enemy, for injuries received, by the infliction of equal or greater injuries.
2.
an act or instance of retaliation.
3.
the action or practice of using force, short of war, against another nation, to secure redress of a grievance.
4.
the forcible seizure of property or subjects in retaliation.
noun
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

reprisal definition

An act by which a nation seeks, short of war, to redress a wrong committed against it by another nation. Boycotts and blockades are common forms of reprisal.

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