(r?-priz"al), n. [F. reprsaille, It. ripresaglia, rappresaglia, LL. reprensaliae, fr. L. reprehendere, reprehensum. See Reprehend, Reprise.] 1. The act of taking from an enemy by way of reteliation or indemnity.
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Debatable ground, on which incursions and reprisals continued to take place.
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2. Anything taken from an enemy in retaliation.
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3. The act of retorting on an enemy by inflicting suffering or death on a prisoner taken from him, in retaliation for an act of inhumanity. Vattel (Trans.)
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4. Any act of retaliation. Waterland.
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Letters of marque and reprisal. See under Marque.
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