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 repercussion (audio) , ˌre-​ \ adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The rapidly increasing number of deaths is the grimmest, but not the only, repercussion of COVID-19’s rampage across L.A. County and the state. Los Angeles Times, "California becomes the first state to surpass 2 million coronavirus cases," 23 Dec. 2020 But the only repercussion for lying on the declaration or refusing to wear a mask on the plane is getting banned from the airline, if caught. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Coughing, sneezing, vomiting: Visibly ill people aren’t being kept off planes," 1 Jan. 2021 Facebook and hate speech From the beef-ban to the Kashmir issue, hate is incited on Facebook around myriad issues with little repercussion. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Facebook’s public policy head is perhaps the least appealing job opening in India right now," 18 Nov. 2020 Allow Big Ten players/teams who choose to opt out of playing a fall season to do so without penalty or repercussion. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan, Ohio State football players band together in hopes of saving Big Ten season," 17 Aug. 2020 Allow Big Ten players/teams who choose to opt out of playing a fall season to do so without penalty or repercussion. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan, Ohio State football players band together in hopes of saving Big Ten season," 17 Aug. 2020 In virtually every case, the officers involved faced little repercussion outside being placed on temporary administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Katie Wedell, USA TODAY, "Families seeking justice in older police killings find hope amid a summer of protests.," 6 Sep. 2020 Fields called for the reinstatement of the 2020 fall season and allowing players or teams to opt out without repercussion. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Will Ohio State football know its winter or spring schedule next week? Big Ten coronavirus update," 18 Aug. 2020 Allow Big Ten players/teams who choose to opt out of playing a fall season to do so without penalty or repercussion. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan, Ohio State football players band together in hopes of saving Big Ten season," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of repercussion was in 1543

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19 Jan 2021

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“Repercussion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repercussion. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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repercussion

noun
How to pronounce repercussion (audio)

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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