re·​join·​der | \ri-ˈjȯin-dər \

Definition of rejoinder 

1 : the defendant's answer to the plaintiff's replication

2 : reply specifically : an answer to a reply

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Synonyms & Antonyms for rejoinder


answer, comeback, replication, reply, response, retort, return


inquiry, query, question

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answer, response, reply, rejoinder, retort mean something spoken, written, or done in return. answer implies the satisfying of a question, demand, call, or need. had answers to all their questions response may imply a quick or spontaneous reaction to a person or thing that serves as a stimulus. a response to the call for recruits reply often suggests a thorough response to all issues, points, or questions raised. a point-by-point reply to the accusation rejoinder can be a response to a reply or to an objection. a salesman with a quick rejoinder to every argument retort implies a reaction to an implicit or explicit charge, criticism, or attack which contains a countercharge or counterattack. she made a cutting retort to her critics

Examples of rejoinder in a Sentence

The article was a stinging rejoinder to her critics. he always has a smart-aleck rejoinder to everything

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For many of the women here, the conference was a rejoinder of sorts to the many female Democrats running for office and organizing in the midterm elections. Astead W. Herndon, New York Times, "Trumpism Finds a Safe Space at Conservative Women’s Conference," 17 June 2018 Along with posting opinions and generally respectful rejoinders, members coordinate book swaps and Secret Santa-like exchanges through the mail. Haley Velasco, WSJ, "Too Busy for a Book Club? Join an Online Version," 11 July 2018 Here, finally, was a rejoinder to Israel’s critics, a reason to reassert the nation’s humanitarian commitments. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 The Whittle School is his rejoinder to the many skeptics and doubters. Sam Tanenhaus, Town & Country, "Can Chris Whittle Launch a Truly Global School?," 10 July 2018 For many of the women here, the conference was a rejoinder of sorts to the many female Democrats running for office and organizing in the midterm elections. Author: Astead W. Herndon, Anchorage Daily News, "Trumpism finds a safe space at a conservative women's conference," 18 June 2018 But McGaugh’s paper met with three quick rejoinders from the numerical cosmology community. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "The Universe Is Not a Simulation, but We Can Now Simulate It," 16 June 2018 The movie pumps a lot of blood and viscera with the occasional witty rejoinder. Michael Phillips,, "'Upgrade' review: Digital cockroaches replace human brains in this extremely gory thriller," 31 May 2018 But Democrats have a rejoinder: Walters has already raised your taxes. Liz Goodwin,, "Orange County tests Democrats’ hope for a suburban blue wave," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rejoinder

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rejoinder

Middle English rejoiner, from Anglo-French rejoinder, from rejoinder, verb

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English Language Learners Definition of rejoinder

: a usually rude or angry reply to something written or said


re·​join·​der | \ri-ˈjȯin-dər \

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re·​join·​der | \ri-ˈjȯin-dər \

Legal Definition of rejoinder 

: an answer to a reply specifically : the defendant's answer to the plaintiff's reply or replication under common-law pleading

History and Etymology for rejoinder

Anglo-French, from rejoindre rejoinder to make rejoinder, literally, to join again, meet, from Old French, from re- again + joindre to join

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