toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

reprisal
used in Black Like Me

8 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
a retaliatory action — typically against an individual or group

(A retaliatory action is one taken to harm someone who previously harmed you.)
  • 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.
  • I thought honestly and sincerely that with rare exception a man could say what he wished without fear of reprisal, especially a man with a newspaper who was seeking to expand his commercial and unhappy soul in a direction that was, for a rare change, decent and honest.
  • They also keep a close eye on possible economic reprisals from the Councils and the Klans, plus other superpatriotic groups who bring pressures to bear on the newspapers' advertisers.
  • Certainly many who had a sense of justice did not dare show it for fear of reprisals.
  • Heaped on top of the economic reprisals and the dangers of physical reprisal was perhaps the most damaging reprisal of all—the deliberate character assassination that sprang into play the moment a man suggested that there ought to be equality among citizens, and this in a land where we claim equality as a first principle.
  • Heaped on top of the economic reprisals and the dangers of physical reprisal was perhaps the most damaging reprisal of all—the deliberate character assassination that sprang into play the moment a man suggested that there ought to be equality among citizens, and this in a land where we claim equality as a first principle.
  • Heaped on top of the economic reprisals and the dangers of physical reprisal was perhaps the most damaging reprisal of all—the deliberate character assassination that sprang into play the moment a man suggested that there ought to be equality among citizens, and this in a land where we claim equality as a first principle.
  • Police cars, for example, would simply get behind you and trail you so that you did not dare call on the person you intended to see for fear he would receive reprisals later.

There are no more uses of "reprisal" in Black Like Me.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®Wikipedia Article