When Mom objected to ice cream as unhealthy, I retorted that it contained milk.
Definition of retort for Students
: a quick, clever, or angry reply
Word Root of retort
The Latin word torquēre, meaning “to twist,” and its form tortus give us the root tort. Words from the Latin torquēre have something to do with twisting. A retort, or angry reply to another's words, twists those words back at the person. To contort is to twist the body in unusual ways. To distort is to twist something, such as the truth, so much that it appears to be something else.
Definition of retort
: a vessel or chamber in which substances are distilled or decomposed by heat