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Definition a retaliatory action — typically against an individual or group

(A retaliatory action is one taken to harm someone who previously harmed you.)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • As if by way of reprisal five or six shots from the opposite house knocked more splinters off the shutter.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • They resulted in reprisals.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The threats, spoken and unspoken, about reprisals against those who supported me increased each day.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • An idea, when violated, cannot make reprisals.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • 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
  • You decide whether it would be wise to adopt a strategy that would invite reprisals.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • His fear of reprisal against his only remaining family crippled him.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Long-lost cousin, ain't you!" she cried at me, and gave me the same kiss she had given Kate-a sort of reprisal-kiss.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • They begged us not to take vengeance against the children, to put aside reprisals.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • Some believed it, but kept silent for fear of reprisal.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • I am on fire To hear this rich reprisal is so nigh, And yet not ours.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • Small attacks by Tutsis in exile led to larger and larger reprisals by the new Hutu authorities.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • 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
  • 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
  • Epernon reeks of a Jackal reprisal.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • 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
  • 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

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