reparation

noun
rep·​a·​ra·​tion | \ ˌre-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce reparation (audio) \

Definition of reparation

1a : a repairing or keeping in repair
b reparations plural : repairs
2a : the act of making amends, offering expiation, or giving satisfaction for a wrong or injury
b : something done or given as amends or satisfaction
3 : the payment of damages : indemnification specifically : compensation in money or materials payable by a defeated nation for damages to or expenditures sustained by another nation as a result of hostilities with the defeated nation usually used in plural

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Examples of reparation in a Sentence

The country paid millions in reparations. They've offered no apologies and seem to have no thoughts of reparation. She says she's sorry and wants to make reparations.
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The post-World War II German government, thinking the work was lost, paid her $13,000 in reparations in 1958. John Rogers, The Seattle Times, "Spanish museum, California family in court over disputed art," 4 Dec. 2018 The code of honor that dictates—up to a point—negotiations, reparations and the taking of revenge could pass for Sicilian. WSJ, "‘Birds of Passage’ Review: Splendor and the Grass," 14 Feb. 2019 The Memory Law, which outlawed public events supporting the Franco regime, fell short of addressing the broad demands of civil war survivors and victims' relatives for exhumations and reparations. Fox News, "Spain sets in motion plan to dig up former dictator Franco," 24 Aug. 2018 Michael Che awarded a tongue-in-cheek reparation Emmys to some black TV legends who were not recognized in the past. Fox News, "Ingraham: The rush to judgment and injustice for Kavanaugh," 18 Sep. 2018 The court is expected to rule that Mexico is guilty of human rights violations for failing to bring justice in the case and require the government to make reparations to the victims' family. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "Soldiers took them in the night. Now Mexico's key drug war strategy is on trial.," 25 Apr. 2018 In 2016, a United Nations working group suggested the U.S. consider reparations for slavery. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Missouri senator calls for reparations for slavery, criticizes McCaskill, Democrats | The Kansas City Star," 10 Apr. 2018 Blaming the 1923 German hyperinflation on its reparations obligations, of which relatively little was actually paid (even though by 1928, German per capita income was among the highest in Europe), is also invalid. WSJ, "Weimar and Seeing What You Want To See," 2 Oct. 2018 On the other hand, is a donation enough in terms of reparations? Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "CBS exec’s downfall shows the power – and limits – of #MeToo," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of reparation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for reparation

Middle English reparacion, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin reparation-, reparatio, from Latin reparare

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reparation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reparation

: money that a country or group that loses a war pays because of the damage, injury, deaths, etc., it has caused
formal : something that is done or given as a way of correcting a mistake that you have made or a bad situation that you have caused

reparation

noun
rep·​a·​ra·​tion | \ ˌre-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce reparation (audio) \

Kids Definition of reparation

1 : the act of making up for a wrong
2 : something paid by a country losing a war to the winner to make up for damages done in the war

reparation

noun
rep·​a·​ra·​tion | \ ˌre-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce reparation (audio) \

Legal Definition of reparation

1a : the act of making amends, offering expiation, or giving satisfaction for a wrong or injury
b : something done or given as amends or satisfaction
2 : the payment of damages specifically : compensation in money or materials payable by a defeated nation for damages to or expenditures sustained by another nation as a result of hostilities with the defeated nation usually used in pl.

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