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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
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.
Investors and analysts following the to-and-fro on Capitec were left perplexed by the accusations, the bank’s riposte and the central bank’s statement.
The importance of negative results is a riposte to the objection that the money involved, of $20bn or more, would be better spent in other areas of science—hunting exoplanets, say—where the chance of discoveries is higher.
Speaking to the club's official website, the 28-year-old called on his side to react to their surprise weekend loss saying the best teams 'answer in a strong way', with a trip to the Terriers the perfect opportunity for an immediate riposte.
That set off a series of ripostes that trickled into Tuesday, drawing in guest appearances from Joseph J. Lhota, the governor’s handpicked chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and police officials.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of riposte
First Known Use: 1707See Words from the same year
RIPOSTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of riposte for English Language Learners
: a quick and clever reply
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