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retort

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of retort

  1. 1 a quick witty response she responded to the heckler with a scathing but hilarious retort that instantly won over the audience Synonyms of retort comeback, repartee, riposte Words Related to retort squelch; back talk; crack, quip, sally, wisecrack, witticism, zinger; cut, insult, put-down

  2. 2 something spoken or written in reaction especially to a question the salesclerk responded to my query about the price with a brusque retort Synonyms of retort comeback, rejoinder, replication, reply, response, answer, returnWords Related to retort back talk, banter, persiflage, repartee; acknowledgment (or acknowledgement), comment, communication, correspondence, feedback, non sequitur, observation, reaction, remark; defense, explanation, justification, plea, rebuttal, refutationNear Antonyms of retort challenge, charge, cross-examination, grilling, interrogation, interrogatory, quiz; poll, questionnaire, surveyAntonyms of retort inquiry, query, question

Synonym Discussion of retort

answer, response, reply, rejoinder, retort mean something spoken, written, or done in return. answer implies the satisfying of a question, demand, call, or need.
    • had answers to all their questions
response may imply a quick or spontaneous reaction to a person or thing that serves as a stimulus.
    • a response to the call for recruits
reply often suggests a thorough response to all issues, points, or questions raised.
    • a point-by-point reply to the accusation
rejoinder can be a response to a reply or to an objection.
    • a salesman with a quick rejoinder to every argument
retort implies a reaction to an implicit or explicit charge, criticism, or attack which contains a countercharge or counterattack.
    • she made a cutting retort to her critics

retort

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of retort

  1. to speak or write in reaction to a question or to another reaction when told she couldn't have it, she retorted, “Fine, I didn't want it anyway!” Synonyms of retort come back, rejoin, reply, respond, answer, return, riposteWords Related to retort acknowledge, comment, communicate, correspond, react, remark; counter, defend, deny, explain, field, rebut, refuteNear Antonyms of retort challenge, cross-examine, examine, grill, interrogate, pump, quiz; poll, query, surveyAntonyms of retort ask, inquire, question



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