reprisal: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ri-prī'zul), [key]
- (in warfare) retaliation against an enemy, for injuries received, by the infliction of equal or greater injuries.
- an act or instance of retaliation.
- the action or practice of using force, short of war, against another nation, to secure redress of a grievance.
- the forcible seizure of property or subjects in retaliation.
- reprisal (Thesaurus)