Meaning of REPERCUSSION in English

/ree'peuhr kush"euhn, rep'euhr-/ , n.

1. an effect or result, often indirect or remote, of some event or action: The repercussions of the quarrel were widespread.

2. the state of being driven back by a resisting body.

3. a rebounding or recoil of something after impact.

4. reverberation; echo.

5. Music. (in a fugue) the point after the development of an episode at which the subject and answer appear again.

[ 1375-1425; late ME ( repercussion- (s. of repercussio ) a rebounding, equiv. to repercuss ( us ) (ptp. of repercutere to strike back) + -ion- -ION. See RE-, PERCUSSION ]

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