noun \ri-ˈpōst\

: a quick and clever reply

Full Definition of RIPOSTE

:  a fencer's quick return thrust following a parry
:  a retaliatory verbal sally :  retort
:  a retaliatory maneuver or measure
riposte verb

Examples of RIPOSTE

  1. <he's known for having a brilliant riposte to nearly any insult>

Origin of RIPOSTE

French, modification of Italian risposta, literally, answer, from rispondere to respond, from Latin respondēre
First Known Use: 1707

Other Combat Sports Terms

foil, welter


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