rejoinder

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for rejoinder

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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His team had prepared him for it and had rejoinders at the ready. Time Staff, Time, "10 Things We Learned About 2020 From the Democratic Debates," 28 June 2019 The gilets jaunes are a rejoinder to capitalism’s emotional ravages as much as to its economic ones. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Can Emmanuel Macron Stem the Populist Tide?," 24 June 2019 But speaking at the Fortune CEO Initiative last night, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty offered a clear rejoinder to the cynics. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Cynicism About Changing the World: CEO Daily," 11 June 2019 Later in the day, Bryan Cranston offered a rejoinder to Trump while accepting the Tony Award for Best Performance by an actor in a leading role in a play. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Why CNN's Jim Acosta titled his new book 'The Enemy of the People'," 10 June 2019 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 And yes, the obvious rejoinder to that the White House sometimes struggles with the truth. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "The Clickbait Era, Donald Trump and plunging trust in media," 12 Sep. 2018 The Amazon bump has proven to be a powerful rejoinder. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2: Why some cities feel like winners, despite losing," 28 Sep. 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. Astead W. Herndon, New York Times, "Trumpism Finds a Safe Space at Conservative Women’s Conference," 17 June 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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rejoinder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rejoinder

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

rejoinder

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

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rejoinder

noun
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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