reparation

reparation, redress, amends, restitution, indemnity are comparable when they mean a return for something lost or suffered, usually through the fault of another.
Reparation implies an attempt to restore things to their normal or sound condition. It is chiefly applied to recompense for material losses or damages or reimbursement for repairs
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war reparations

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seek reparation from the state for flood damages

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but it is applied also to atonement for an offense, especially one incurring injury to others
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educated ... at royal expense as reparation for the death of his father— Nixon

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I am sensible of the scandal I have given by my loose writings, and make what reparation I am able— Dryden

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Redress heightens the implications of a grievance and therefore connotes compensation or satisfaction, or even, at times, retaliation or vengeance
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victims of the swindle sought redress in the courts

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redress is always to be had against oppression, by punishing the immediate agents— Johnson

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the civil law by which contracts are enforced, and redress given for slanders and injuries— Shaw

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particular grievances call not only for redress, but also for the formulation of universally valid reasons why they should be redressed— Huxley

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Amends is as strong as redress in its suggestion of due satisfaction but weaker in its implication of a grievance. It often implies a correction or restoration of a just balance
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if I did take the kingdom from your sons, to make amends, I'll give it to your daughter— Shak.

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love, freedom, comrades, surely make amends for all these thorns through which we walk to death— Masefield

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Restitution implies the restoration in kind or in value of what has been unlawfully taken
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a restitution of civil rights

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expressing willingness to offer restitution to those Jews who had been robbed ... by the Third Reich— Hirsch

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Indemnity is the specific term for money given (as by an insurance company) in reparation for losses (as from fire, accident, illness, or disaster) or for payments made by a defeated country for losses caused by war
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an attempt to make palatable to the country what... amounts to imposing a war indemnity upon xiSchumpeter

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Analogous words: expiation, atonement (see under EXPIATE): compensation, remuneration, recompensing or recompense (see corresponding verbs at PAY)

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  • réparation — [ reparasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1310; lat. tardif reparatio 1 ♦ Opération, travail qui consiste à réparer qqch. Réparation sommaire. ⇒fam. rafistolage. Réparation d un mur (⇒ consolidation, replâtrage) , d un immeuble (⇒ 1. restauration) . Réparation d un …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Reparation — • Theological concept of God demanding satisfaction for the injuries which man had done Him Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Reparation     Reparation      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • reparation — Reparation. s. f. Action de reparer, ouvrage qu on fait pour reparer. Reparations necessaires, grosses, menuës reparations. faire les reparations. visiter, estimer les reparations. cette maison a besoin de reparations. c est au proprietaire à… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Reparation — may refer to: *War reparations *World War I reparations, made from Germany due to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles *Holocaust reparations **Reparations Agreement between Israel and West Germany, Holocaust reparations *Reparation (legal),… …   Wikipedia

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  • Reparation — Rep a*ra tion ( r? sh?n), n. [F. r[ e]paration, L. reparatio. See {Repair} to mend.] 1. The act of renewing, restoring, etc., or the state of being renewed or repaired; as, the reparation of a bridge or of a highway; in this sense, repair is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reparation — Réparation Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. La réparation de l ADN est, en biologie cellulaire, une activité qui permet aux cellules eucaryotes de réparer les dommages subits par leur ADN …   Wikipédia en Français

  • reparation — rep·a·ra·tion /ˌre pə rā shən/ n 1 a: the act of making amends, offering expiation, or giving satisfaction for a wrong or injury b: something done or given as amends or satisfaction 2: the payment of damages; specif: compensation in money or… …   Law dictionary

  • reparation — rep‧a‧ra‧tion [ˌrepəˈreɪʆn] noun [countable, uncountable] formal LAW payment made to someone for loss, damage etc that someone has caused them in the past; = COMPENSATION: • A commission will gather demands for reparations from companies and… …   Financial and business terms

  • Reparation — Sf Wiedergutmachung per. Wortschatz fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. réparations Pl., das auf l. reparātio zurückgeht. Eine ältere, gleichlautende Entlehnung aus dem Lateinischen entspricht semantisch Reparatur und wird von diesem… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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