|1.||(often plural) 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|
|[C15: from Old French reprisaille, from Old Italian ripresaglia, from riprendere to recapture, from Latin reprehendere to hold fast; see |
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.