- the making of amends for wrong or injury done: reparation for an injustice.
- Usually reparations. compensation in money, material, labor, etc., payable by a defeated country to another country or to an individual for loss suffered during or as a result of war.
- restoration to good condition.
- repair1(def 7).
- the act or process of making amendsan injury admitting of no reparation
- (usually plural) compensation exacted as an indemnity from a defeated nation by the victors: esp the compensation demanded of Germany by the Treaty of Versailles after World War I
- the act or process of repairing or state of having been repaired
late 14c., “reconciliation,” from Old French reparacion and directly from Late Latin reparationem (nominative reparatio) “act of repairing, restoration,” noun of action from past participle stem of Latin reparare “restore, repair” (see repair (v.1)). Meaning “act of repairing or mending” is attested from c.1400. Reparations “compensation for war damaged owed by the aggressor” is attested from 1921, with reference to Germany, from French réparations (1919).
Compensation demanded by a victorious nation from a defeated nation. Reparations can be in the form of goods or money.