repercussion


re·per·cus·sion

noun \ˌrē-pər-ˈkə-shən, ˌre-\

: something usually bad or unpleasant that happens as a result of an action, statement, etc., and that usually affects people for a long time

Full Definition of REPERCUSSION

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a :  an action or effect given or exerted in return :  a reciprocal action or effect
b :  a widespread, indirect, or unforeseen effect of an act, action, or event —usually used in plural
re·per·cus·sive \-ˈkə-siv\ adjective

Examples of REPERCUSSION

  1. <your decision not to go to college will have repercussions you'll feel for years to come>

Origin of REPERCUSSION

Latin repercussion-, repercussio, from repercutere to drive back, from re- + percutere to beat — more at percussion
First Known Use: 1536

Rhymes with REPERCUSSION

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