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[ree-per-kuhsh-uh n, rep-er-] /ˌri pərˈkʌʃ ən, ˌrɛp ər-/
an effect or result, often indirect or remote, of some event or action:
The repercussions of the quarrel were widespread.
the state of being driven back by a resisting body.
a rebounding or recoil of something after impact.
reverberation; echo.
Music. (in a fugue) the point after the development of an episode at which the subject and answer appear again.
Origin of repercussion
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin repercussiōn- (stem of repercussiō) a rebounding, equivalent to repercuss(us) (past participle of repercutere to strike back) + -iōn- -ion. See re-, percussion Unabridged
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  • As you point out, repercussions from this despotic conduct linger on a century later.
  • If so, that temporarily propped-up self-esteem usually gets clobbered by the repercussions of procrastination.
  • But any major policy change in a big country is liable to serious repercussions one way or the other.
  • Some native groups fear the repercussions of a renewed backlash against the harp seal harvest.
  • The repercussions will be enormous, surprising, and unpredictable.
  • It may take some time for folks to understand the environmental and medical repercussions of wood burning smoke.
  • repercussions on the ground were minimal-perhaps a few dropped calls-but up in the sky, the consequences were serious.
  • The repercussions will be felt throughout soccer immediately.
  • The repercussions of a fall in credit quality would be felt far beyond the leveraged-loan market.
  • Simply living in a larger group has biological as well as social repercussions.
British Dictionary definitions for repercussions


(often pl) a result or consequence, esp one that is somewhat removed from the action or event which precipitated it: the repercussions of the war are still keenly felt
a recoil after impact; a rebound
a reflection, esp of sound; echo or reverberation
(music) the reappearance of a fugal subject and answer after an episode
Derived Forms
repercussive, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin repercussiō, from repercutere to strike back; see percussion
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Word Origin and History for repercussions



early 15c., "act of driving back," from Middle French répercussion (14c.) or directly from Latin repercusionem (nominative repercussio), from past participle stem of repercutere "to strike or beat back; shine back, reflect; echo," from re- "back" (see re-) + percutere "to strike or thrust through" (see percussion). Meaning "reverberation, echo" first recorded 1590s; the metaphoric extension is recorded from 1620s.

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