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Examples of riposte in a Sentence
he's known for having a brilliant riposte to nearly any insult
Recent Examples of riposte from the Web
Rest assured Xavier should have a strong riposte for any offer Louisville makes.
Get our daily newsletter On February 20th Mr Corbyn issued a video riposte to the story that turned into a broadside against the press.
As recovering addict Jane Margolis, Ritter—a Goth Juliet to Jesse Pinkman’s drug-dealing Romeo—revealed a range well beyond a killer riposte.
The Cintas Center crowd came alive as Xavier surged back to cut the deficit to three points in the second half, but that was the sum of Xavier’s riposte – a charge led by senior Trevon Bluiett.
Detroit’s riposte: Turn the truck into America’s new family car.
The game was also a strong riposte for the Musketeers following Saturday's home loss to Villanova.
The tough criticism, made to an audience of the world’s security elite, including an unsmiling Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, was a European riposte to Trump’s ongoing push for Europe to spend more on defense.
The film’s frivolous sci-fi technology and gladiatorial fisticuffs can only assuage this moral betrayal momentarily — through cheeky ripostes about imperialism.
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Did You Know?
In the sport of fencing, a riposte is a counterattack made after successfully fending off one's opponent. English speakers borrowed the name for this particular maneuver from French in the early 1700s, but the French had simply modified Italian risposta, which literally means "answer." Ultimately these words come from the Latin verb respondēre meaning "to respond." It seems fitting that "riposte" has since come full circle to now refer to a quick and witty response performed as a form of retaliation.
RIPOSTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of riposte for English Language Learners
: a quick and clever reply
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