retortion


retortion

noun

  1. the act of turning or bending back.
  2. retaliation.
  3. International Law. retorsion.

noun International Law.

  1. retaliation or reprisal by one state identical or similar to an act by an offending state, such as high tariffs or discriminating duties.

noun

  1. the act of retorting
  2. a variant spelling of retorsion

noun

  1. 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
n.

1590s, from Medieval Latin retortionem (nominative retortio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin retorquere (see retort (v.)).

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