retortion

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

Definition of retortion

plural -s
1 :an act of retorting :a turning, twisting, bending, or throwing back :reflection
2 obsolete :2retort
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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