noun International Law.
- retaliation or reprisal by one state identical or similar to an act by an offending state, such as high tariffs or discriminating duties.
- the act of retorting
- a variant spelling of retorsion
- rare retaliatory action taken by a state whose citizens have been mistreated by a foreign power by treating the subjects of that power similarly; reprisal
1590s, from Medieval Latin retortionem (nominative retortio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin retorquere (see retort (v.)).