repercussion

noun
re·​per·​cus·​sion | \ ˌrē-pər-ˈkə-shən How to pronounce repercussion (audio) , ˌre-\

Definition of repercussion

2a : 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

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Other Words from repercussion

repercussive \ ˌrē-​pər-​ˈkə-​siv How to pronounce repercussive (audio) , ˌre-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for repercussion

Synonyms

effect, impact, influence, mark, sway

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Examples of repercussion in a Sentence

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

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The 32-year-old spoke to The AP on condition his last name not be used for fear of repercussions. Nadine Achoui-lesage, The Seattle Times, "Clashes mar peaceful protests as Algerians march anew," 12 Apr. 2019 That information that will have major repercussions for his blossoming romance with Daenerys Targaryen, or as Jon should have ideally grown up knowing her, Auntie Dany. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Could Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Marry on 'Game of Thrones'?," 15 Apr. 2019 That, obviously, is going to have some repercussions beyond her new hair color. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 18 Mar. 2019 Indeed, a private space fatality (during an operational crash, not a test flight) would have major repercussions. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The 4 Things That Could Hobble the Commercial Space Revolution," 14 Jan. 2019 The Pokémon fan game community has been left reeling, and members explicitly asked The Verge not to name them out of fear of repercussion from Nintendo. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Nintendo shuts down the tool behind your favorite Pokémon fan games," 29 Aug. 2018 In almost all places where Black and Brown people exist, there is or has been colonialism and its repercussions. Eva Lewis, Teen Vogue, "I Traveled to Paris to Advocate for Human Rights in Chicago's South Side," 27 Nov. 2018 That may seem like a distant problem, but its repercussions are likely to be felt at your favorite dessert parlor this summer. Aryn Baker/sahabevava, Time, "Vanilla Is Nearly as Expensive as Silver. That Spells Trouble for Madagascar," 13 June 2018 Many books have been written about this single duel and its repercussions. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Duels, Blood, And Politics: The Little-Known History of the Gun That Killed Alexander Hamilton," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of repercussion

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for repercussion

Latin repercussion-, repercussio, from repercutere to drive back, from re- + percutere to beat — more at percussion

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repercussion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of repercussion

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

repercussion

noun
re·​per·​cus·​sion | \ ˌrē-pər-ˈkə-shən How to pronounce repercussion (audio) \

Kids Definition of repercussion

: a widespread, indirect, or unexpected effect of something said or done Everyone felt the repercussions of the change.

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