re·​tor·​tion | \ rə̇ˈtȯrshən, rēˈ-, -tȯ(ə)sh- \
plural -s

Definition of retortion

1 : an act of retorting : a turning, twisting, bending, or throwing back : reflection
2 obsolete : retort entry 2
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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History and Etymology for retortion

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

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“Retortion.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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