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noun [countable/uncountable] [often plural] American English pronunciation: reprisal /rɪˈpraɪz(ə)l/ 
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pluralreprisals
  1. something unpleasant that is done to punish an enemy or opponent because of something bad that they have done to you
    reprisal against:

    The State Department is concerned about possible reprisals against American civilians.

    in reprisal (for something):

    Every tenth person in the village was shot in reprisal for the deaths of the two soldiers.

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