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[rep-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌrɛp əˈreɪ ʃən/
the making of amends for wrong or injury done:
reparation for an injustice.
Usually, reparations. compensation in money, material, labor, etc., payable by a defeated country to another country or to an individual for loss suffered during or as a result of war.
restoration to good condition.
repair1 (def 7).
1350-1400; Middle English reparacion < Middle French < Late Latin reparātiōn- (stem of reparātiō), equivalent to Latin reparāt(us) (past participle of reparāre to repair1; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonreparation, noun
1. indemnification, atonement, satisfaction, compensation. See redress. 3. renewal, renovation; repair.
3. destruction. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reparations
  • But now the movement for reparations is gaining steam.
  • The same, broadly speaking, should apply to reparations.
  • Own you mistakes and do what you can to make reparations when needed.
  • All damning notes and emails should be saved for a reparations bid down the line, when there is more energy and safety.
  • There truly are no reparations for this kind of devastating result.
  • Meanwhile the problem of reparations and war debts darkens the whole scene.
  • Give back to us reparations for the sufferings of our ancestors.
  • reparations cannot be bought by anybody because it is not a loan or a bond.
  • That's better than having to invade other nations militarily and collecting war reparations as in the imperialist days.
  • These reparations will help pay for medical bills, lost wages, mental health counseling and funeral expenses.
British Dictionary definitions for reparations


the act or process of making amends: an injury admitting of no reparation
(usually pl) compensation exacted as an indemnity from a defeated nation by the victors: esp the compensation demanded of Germany by the Treaty of Versailles after World War I
the act or process of repairing or state of having been repaired
Derived Forms
reparative (rɪˈpærətɪv), reparatory, adjective
Word Origin
C14 reparacioun, ultimately from Latin reparāre to repair1
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Word Origin and History for reparations



late 14c., "reconciliation," from Old French reparacion and directly from Late Latin reparationem (nominative reparatio) "act of repairing, restoration," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin reparare "restore, repair" (see repair (v.1)). Meaning "act of repairing or mending" is attested from c.1400. Reparations "compensation for war damaged owed by the aggressor" is attested from 1921, with reference to Germany, from French réparations (1919).

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reparations in Culture

reparation definition

Compensation demanded by a victorious nation from a defeated nation. Reparations can be in the form of goods or money.

Note: After World War I, heavy reparation debts were imposed on Germany by Britain, France, and the other victorious nations. Resentment over these reparations aided the rise of Adolf Hitler.
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