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repercussion (consequence)

Definition:

a remote or indirect consequence of some action

Class:

phenomenon noun (natural phenomena)

Related to:

repercuss

Plural:

repercussions

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

his declaration had unforeseen repercussions

Synonyms:

reverberation

Etymology:

late Middle English (as a medical term meaning "repressing of infection"): from...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of repercussion...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

repercussion | repercussive [adjective, derived]

[often plural] a result or consequence, especially one that is somewhat removed from the action or event which precipitated it | a recoil after ... (23 of 326 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/repercussion

Merriam-Webster:

repercussion | repercussions [plural] | reflection [synonym, sense-specific] | reverberation [synonym, sense-specific] | impact [synonym, sense-specific] | influence [synonym, sense-specific] | mark [synonym, sense-specific] | effect [synonym, sense-specific] | sway [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"reflection", "reverberation" | an action or effect given or exerted in return; a reciprocal action or effect ; "repercussions": a widespread, ... (20 of 129 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/repercussion

Oxford Dictionary:

repercussion | repercussions | repercussive [derived]

(usually "repercussions") : an unintended consequence of an event or action, especially an unwelcome one | [archaic] : the recoil of something after ... (22 of 121 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/repercussion

Wiktionary:

repercussion | repercussions [plural] | aftereffect [synonym, sense-specific] | consequence [synonym, sense-specific] | reflection [synonym, sense-specific] | reverberation [synonym, sense-specific]

A consequence or ensuing result of some action. | The act of driving back, or the state of being driven back; reflection; reverberation. | [music] Rapid reiteration of the same sound. | [medicine] The subsidence of a tumour or eruption by the action of... (41 of 87 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

repercussion

an effect or result, often indirect or remote, of some event or action. | the state of being driven back by a resisting body. | a rebounding or recoil ... (27 of 70 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/repercussion

American Heritage Dictionary:

repercussion | repercussive [adjective, related]

An often indirect effect, influence, or result that is produced by an event or action. | A recoil, rebounding, or reciprocal motion after impact. | A ... (24 of 66 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

repercussion | repercussive [adjective, related]

[archaic] a driving back or being driven back by something resistant; rebound; recoil | reflection, as of light or sound; reverberation | a ... (21 of 57 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/repercussion

Macmillan British Dictionary:

repercussion [countable/uncountable, plural] | repercussions [plural]

a bad effect that something has, usually lasting for a long time (12 of 42 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/repercussion

Cambridge Dictionary:

repercussion

the effect that an action, event or decision has on something, especially a bad effect (15 of 38 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/repercussion

Wikipedia:

Reverberation | reverb

the persistence of sound in a particular space after the original sound is produced. A reverberation, or reverb, is created when a sound is produced in an enclosed space causing a large number of echoes to build up and then slowly decay as the sound is... (46 of 2255 words, 2 images)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

event [occurrence]

notion that became of singular importance in the philosophical speculation about relativity physics. The best-known analyses are those of the ... (20 of 71 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

repercussion | repercussions [plural]

something, especially an unforeseen problem, that results from an action (often used in the plural) | the rebounding of a force after impact | the ... (23 of 88 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861700530​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

repercussion | repercussions

Origin: late Middle English (as a medical term meaning "repressing of infection"): from Old French, or from Latin repercussio(n-), from ... (19 of 54 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/repercussion

Online Etymology:

repercussion

First use: about 1400

Origin: (implied in repercussive) "act of driving back", from Middle French r├ępercussion (14th century), from Latin repercusionem ... (18 of 53 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=repercussion

American Heritage Dictionary:

repercussion

Origin: Middle English repercussioun, from Old French repercussion, from Latin repercussiō, repercussiōn-, from ... (12 of 28 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

repercussion | repercussions [plural]

Origin: Latin repercussio ("rebounding; repercussion"), from repercutio ("cause to rebound, reflect, strike against"), from re- + percutio ("beat, strike"), from per- ("thoroughly") + quatio ("shake").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/repercussion

New World Dictionary:

repercussion

Origin: Latin repercussio from past participle of repercutere, to rebound, strike back: see "re-" and "percussion"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/repercussion

Merriam-Webster:

repercussion

First use: 1536

Origin: Latin repercussion-, repercussio, from repercutere to drive back, from re- + percutere to beat

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/repercussion

Collins Dictionary:

repercussion

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin repercussiō, from repercutere to strike back; see percussion

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/repercussion

Encarta Dictionary:

repercussion | repercussions [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin repercussion- from past participle of repercutere "strike back through" from percutere "strike through"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861700530​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

repercussion

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "repercussion"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/repercussion

Macmillan British Dictionary:

repercussion [countable/uncountable, plural] | repercussions [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "repercussion"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/repercussion

Macmillan American Dictionary:

repercussion [countable/uncountable, plural] | repercussions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "repercussion"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/repercussion

Cambridge Dictionary:

repercussion

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "repercussion"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "repercussion"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/repercussion

the Free Dictionary:

repercussion

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "repercussion"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "repercussion"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "repercussion" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

repercussion | repercussions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "repercussion"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

repercussion

Audio: North American pronunciation of "repercussion"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=reperc​01 word=repercussion

YourDictionary Audio:

repercussion

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "repercussion" by speech synthesizer

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