reparation

If you guessed that reparation is related to the word repair, you were right. Both come from the Latin word meaning "to restore." While reparation has a range of meanings, they all convey the sense of fixing or making up for a past wrong.

In contemporary usage, the plural form is more common than the singular. Victims of a crime, for example, may receive reparations from the perpetrators. A defeated nation may be forced to pay reparations to its victorious enemies. Many have suggested that the United States government should provide reparations to the descendants of slaves. The word almost always has legal or political connotations, and it conveys the sense of restitution — often expressed in money — for wrongdoing.

Primary Meanings of reparation

1.
n
something done or paid in expiation of a wrong
2.
n
the act of putting something in working order again
Full Definitions of reparation
1

n something done or paid in expiation of a wrong

Synonyms:
amends
Type of:
atonement, expiation, propitiation
the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)

n compensation (given or received) for an insult or injury

“an act for which there is no reparation
Type of:
compensation
something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)

n (usually plural) compensation exacted from a defeated nation by the victors

“Germany was unable to pay the reparations demanded after World War I”
Type of:
compensation
something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)
2

n the act of putting something in working order again

Synonyms:
fix, fixing, fixture, mend, mending, repair
Types:
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darning
the act of mending a hole in a garment with crossing threads
patching
the act of mending a hole in a garment by sewing a patch over it
care, maintenance, upkeep
activity involved in maintaining something in good working order
band aid, quick fix, quickie, quicky
hurried repair
restoration
the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state
reconstruction
the activity of constructing something again
restitution
the act of restoring something to its original state
re-establishment
restoration to a previous state
camera care
keeping a camera in good working order
car care
keeping a car in good working order
inspection and repair, overhaul, service
periodic maintenance on a car or machine
gentrification
the restoration of run-down urban areas by the middle class (resulting in the displacement of low-income residents)
reclamation, rehabilitation, renewal
the conversion of wasteland into land suitable for use of habitation or cultivation
makeover
a complete reconstruction and renovation of something
reassembly, refabrication
assembling again
re-formation, regeneration
forming again (especially with improvements or removal of defects); renewing and reconstituting
rebuilding
building again
pump priming
introducing water into a pump to improve the seal and start the water flowing
scheduled maintenance
maintenance at a regularly scheduled time
steam fitting
care (installation and maintenance) of equipment for ventilating or heating or refrigerating
rehabilitation
the restoration of someone to a useful place in society
reinstatement
the act of restoring someone to a previous position
rejuvenation
the act of restoring to a more youthful condition
Type of:
improvement
the act of improving something

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