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The citizens are afraid to report crime because of fear of reprisal.
  a retaliatory action — typically against an individual or group

(A retaliatory action is one taken to harm someone who previously harmed you.)
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Reprisal often indicates a measured response.
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  • The citizens are afraid to report crime because of fear of reprisal.
  • The rebels said they executed the prisoners in reprisal for the assassination of the rebel leader.
  • Maniac kept moving, embarrassed, wishing he could just break out and sprint for the West End, wishing he could duck into the Beales’ house and be sanctuaried there and not fear reprisals on them and just about then, miraculously, two little hands were worming into his, two familiar voices squealing, "Maniac!
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • The threats, spoken and unspoken, about reprisals against those who supported me increased each day.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • Lying there, I realized that as a boy my father had never punished me severely except once—and then only because of a crime for which I sublimely deserved reprisal.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Some believed it, but kept silent for fear of reprisal.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • You decide whether it would be wise to adopt a strategy that would invite reprisals.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Security has been tightening because of Kabul’s support of Bush’s war in Iraq and expected reprisals from al-Qaeda.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • What has happened is quite natural, and in conformity with the law of reprisals.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • His fear of reprisal against his only remaining family crippled him.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • Visions of reprisal spurred her on.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But if some mortal captain, overcome by his own pride of strength, cuts or defies you, are you not always free to take reprisal?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Very soon the first armed reprisals began in the ghetto, first of all against the corrupt elements among ourselves.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • But White Fang’s reprisals did not cease, even when the young dogs had learned thoroughly that they must stay together.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I will not, by giving it up, lose my right of some time or other making reprisals on my adversaries.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • It is true that the enemies of the cardinal said that it was he himself who set these bungling assassins to work, in order to have, if wanted, the right of using reprisals; but we must not believe everything ministers say, nor everything their enemies say.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • On the contrary, war hysteria is continuous and universal in all countries, and such acts as raping, looting, the slaughter of children, the reduction of whole populations to slavery, and reprisals against prisoners which extend even to boiling and burying alive, are looked upon as normal, and, when they are committed by one’s own side and not by the enemy, meritorious.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He killed him as a reprisal, out of revenge because it was our family that had caught him with the Queen.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • He rode the trains very infrequently, for there was a growing anger against tramps, based on the angry violence of the I.W.W. and aggravated by the fierce reprisals against them.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • But on the 26th, appeased with gifts and seeing that they didn’t need to fear any reprisals, the natives led the chief officer, Mr. Jacquinot, to the site of the shipwreck.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • From that moment on, artists and sculptors, fearing reprisals if they were not true to the Gospels, began depicting Moses with horns.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • In 2001, the widely scattered threats and acts of reprisal against Muslim and Arab Americans had no encouragement from national or local media.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • She felt suddenly certain that it came from something deeper than his fear of bureaucratic reprisal, that the reprisal was the only identification of it which he would permit himself to know, a reassuring identification which had a semblance of rationality and hid his true motive.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • At the end of the hearing, Palmgren intimated that compulsory institutionalisation was in all probability not only contrary to Parliament’s decisions in similar situations, but in this particular case it might in addition be the subject of political and media reprisals.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The incident was one which, in those days, some two years before the great Revolution, was of almost daily occurrence in France; incidents of that type, in fact, led to bloody reprisals, which a few years later sent most of those haughty heads to the guillotine.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • One night he bombarded Riohacha from a schooner and the garrison dragged out of bed and shot the fourteen best-known Liberals in the town as a reprisal.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • A noble could kill a noble without expense, as far as the law was concerned, but reprisals in kind were to be expected.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • I knew that he had no prejudices, but I nevertheless did not want to involve him in any way, since reprisals might be taken against him by bigots or by his associates, who might resent his role as my host once my story became known.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • They begged us not to take vengeance against the children, to put aside reprisals.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • Our reprisals continue.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Small attacks by Tutsis in exile led to larger and larger reprisals by the new Hutu authorities.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Think of Hitler shiploading people into Poland or Germany proper to work for nothing in fields and factories far from home and children—stealing food from conquered people— captive labor—shooting hundreds of people in reprisal for one.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • This immediately put her on the defensive, and with one of those sudden impulses of reprisal to which she was liable she gave him a little push from her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He was allowed to snarl "Oh, let me alone!" without reprisals.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • GAVROCHE ON THE MARCH Gavroche disdainfully contented himself, by way of reprisal, with elevating the tip of his nose with his thumb and opening his hand wide.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They resulted in reprisals.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • There were no reprisals.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • After my parents’ visit to America I could telephone them in China and write to them, freely, without fear of reprisal, and I could send them money too.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • The only ways in which I felt that my feelings could go outward without fear of rude rebuff or searing reprisal was in writing or reading, and to me they were ways of living.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • There is nothing, except venomous reprisals, that cravens who fled their freshman year could cast on the history of the Institute.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Her figure in the midst of the huge enclosure, the unusual plainness of her dress, her attitude of hope and appeal, so strongly revived in his soul the memory of another ill-used woman who had stood there and thus in bygone days, and had now passed away into her rest, that he was unmanned, and his heart smote him for having attempted reprisals on one of a sex so weak.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • They would smouch provisions from the pantry whenever they got a chance; or a brass thimble, or a cake of wax, or an emery bag, or a paper of needles, or a silver spoon, or a dollar bill, or small articles of clothing, or any other property of light value; and so far were they from considering such reprisals sinful, that they would go to church and shout and pray the loudest and sincerest with their plunder in their pockets.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • The Taft-Hartley Labor Management Relations Act could not have gained him many votes in industrialized Ohio, for those who endorsed its curbs on union activity were already Taft supporters; but it brought furious anti-Taft reprisals during the 1950 Senate campaign by the unions in Ohio, and it nourished the belief that Taft could not win a Presidential contest, a belief which affected his chances for the nomination in 1952.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • I am on fire To hear this rich reprisal is so nigh, And yet not ours.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • Epernon reeks of a Jackal reprisal.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Veretenniki had been raided in reprisal for withholding food supplies.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • An idea, when violated, cannot make reprisals.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • And the Germans are taking terrible reprisals for such actions.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • Letters of reprisal were granted and war started.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • But a child’s ability for reprisal is infinite, and can last a lifetime.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
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