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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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 Indeed, Cruz, virtually alone among candidates here, barely refers to President Donald Trump and his paradigm-shifting repercussions since the election. Washington Post, "Ted Cruz runs for re-election as though it’s still 2016," 15 Apr. 2018 With pitchers and catchers reporting this week, the offseason is over, but Maxwell still will be dealing with its repercussions. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell to stand for national anthem in 2018," 14 Feb. 2018 Perhaps most kick-ass of all, Kensington Palace goes on to make no mistake that any online trolls who go against these guidelines will feel the repercussions. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kensington Palace Just Made Moves to Tackle Online Abuse Against the Royal Family," 4 Mar. 2019 The potential legal hassle is one of many repercussions Brexit has presented businesses across Europe. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "As Brexit Nears, European Firms Look to Change Legal Structure," 12 Dec. 2018 The former Amazon employee, a US Air Force veteran, requested anonymity for fear of professional repercussions. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The human costs of Black Friday, explained by a former Amazon warehouse manager," 20 Nov. 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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The first known use of repercussion was in 1543

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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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