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reprisal

re·pris·al

reprisal

 
 
pronunciation:
rih praI zl
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: injury inflicted in retaliation for injury received, as in war; revenge.
In reprisal for German attacks on their cities, the French bombed the German city of Baden.
synonyms:
retaliation, revenge, vengeance
similar words:
counterattack, deserts, retribution, tit for tat
definition 2: the use of force or political tactics to strike back against another country without actually going to war.
Word Parts
The word reprisal contains the following parts:
pris, -prise, prehens, -prehend Latin root that means take, grasp
-al1 Latin noun-forming suffix that means act or result of
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The suffix -al1 attaches to verbs, primarily verbs from Latin or from Latin via French, to form nouns. The base verb always has primary stress on its final syllable.