noun re·tor·tion \rə̇ˈtȯrshən, rēˈ-, -tȯ(ə)sh-\

Definition of retortion



  1. 1 :  an act of retorting :  a turning, twisting, bending, or throwing back :  reflection

  2. 2 obsolete :  2retort

  3. 3 or retorsion \"\ :  retaliation —used chiefly of acts by which an aggrieved state treats the subjects of another state giving provocation in a manner similar to that in which the subjects of the state using retortion are treated by the state giving provocation

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Origin and Etymology of retortion

Medieval Latin retortion-, retortio, from Latin retortus (past participle) + -ion-, -io -ion

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to cast off or become cast off

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