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reprisal
used in 1984 by Orwell

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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.)
  • 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.
    p. 186.2

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