ETYM French réparation, Latin reparatio. Related to Repair to mend.
1. Compensation (given or received) for an injury or insult; SYN. amends.
2. Compensation exacted from a defeated nation by the victors.
3. Compensation paid by countries that start wars in which they are defeated, as by Germany in both world wars. Iraq is required to pay reparations, under the terms of a United Nations resolution, after its defeat in the 1991 Gulf War.