re·​join·​der | \ ri-ˈjȯin-dər How to pronounce rejoinder (audio) \

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a sharp rejoinder for the West Virginia senator, who won reelection in 2018 in a state twice won handsomely by ex-President Donald Trump -- and without whom Democrats would be in the minority in the other chamber. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 In 1979, the economist Arthur Goldberger published a mordant rejoinder to social conservatives who argued that genetic differences rendered the welfare apparatus supererogatory. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Slow Rush is the wise rejoinder to Currents’ self-effacing emotional aimlessness. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 4 Aug. 2021 On July 1, Warholm brought it down to 46.7, which felt like either a brazen rejoinder to Benjamin, or a sign of things to come. Eddie Pells, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2021 And on top of that, the movie felt like a cruel rejoinder to anyone who’d ever believed that the once-red-hot Shyamalan could right the ship. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 26 July 2021 Wright’s death was interpreted as a rejoinder to the contention that the current system is redeemable. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 And the rejoinder to claims of political persecution is the principle that in America, the laws apply equally to everyone, no matter how powerful. Norman Eisen, CNN, 29 June 2021 The focus on rap feels like a rejoinder to the melody-forward Igor. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 25 June 2021

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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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“Rejoinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce rejoinder (audio) \

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re·​join·​der | \ ri-ˈjȯin-dər How to pronounce rejoinder (audio) \

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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