act of reprisal


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  • reprisal — re·pri·sal /ri prī zəl/ n [Anglo French reprisaile reprisaille, from Middle French, from Old Italian ripresaglia, from ripreso, past participle of riprendere to take back, from ri back + prendere to take, from Latin prehendere] 1 a: the act or… …   Law dictionary

  • Reprisal — Re*pris al (r? priz al), n. [F. repr?saille, It. ripresaglia, rappresaglia, LL. reprensaliae, fr. L. reprehendere, reprehensum. See {Reprehend}, {Reprise}.] 1. The act of taking from an enemy by way of reteliation or indemnity. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reprisal — ► NOUN 1) an act of retaliation. 2) historical the forcible seizure of a foreign subject or their goods as an act of retaliation. ORIGIN Old French reprisaille, from Latin reprehendere seize, check, rebuke …   English terms dictionary

  • reprisal — [ri prī′zəl] n. [ME reprisail < MFr reprisaille < It rappresaglia < riprendere, to take back < L reprehendere: see REPREHEND] 1. Historical the forcible seizure of property or subjects in retaliation for an injury inflicted by another …   English World dictionary

  • Reprisal — Not to be confused with a reprise. In warfare, a reprisal is a limited and deliberate violation of the laws of war to punish an enemy for breaking the laws of war. A legally executed reprisal is not an .To be legally justified, a reprisal can… …   Wikipedia

  • reprisal — noun (C, U) also reprisals (plural) an act of violence or other strong reaction, to punish your enemies or opponents for something they have done: They didn t tell the police for fear of reprisal. | in reprisal (for): prisoners killed in reprisal …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • reprisal — A form of retorsion, being the act of a sovereign state, taken short of war, in retaliation against another nation for what it deems to be a wrong committed against it by the other nation, as where a nation seizes property of another nation which …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • reprisal — noun Etymology: Middle English reprisail, from Anglo French reprisaile, from Medieval Latin represalia, from Old Italian rappresaglia, ultimately from ripreso, past participle of riprendere to take back, from ri re (from Latin re ) + prendere to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • reprisal — noun 1》 an act of retaliation. 2》 historical the forcible seizure of a foreign subject or their goods as an act of retaliation. Origin ME: from Anglo Norman Fr. reprisaille, from med. L. reprisalia (neut. plural), based on L. repraehens ,… …   English new terms dictionary

  • reprisal — /rəˈpraɪzəl / (say ruh pruyzuhl) noun 1. the infliction of similar or greater injury on the enemy in warfare, in retaliation for some injury, as by the punishment or execution of prisoners of war. 2. an instance of this. 3. the act or practice of …   Australian English dictionary

  • reprisal — n. 1 an act of retaliation. 2 hist. the forcible seizure of a foreign subject or his or her goods as an act of retaliation. Etymology: ME (in sense 2) f. AF reprisaille f. med.L reprisalia f. repraehensalia (as REPREHEND) …   Useful english dictionary


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