Reprisal – retaliation; act of revenge; action taken in response to perceived attack or crime
He ripped the prize bull (reprisal) open to reveal a ticking bomb - it was an act of retaliation by people who thought he'd cheated in the competition.
Examples of reprisal in a sentence
The government drew up a list of proposed reprisals in response to the trade tariffs proposed by its former partner nations.
She said she's slashed his expensive suits as a reprisal for the way he had treated her.
The hospital trust's management board said whistleblowers should be able to speak out without fear of reprisal.