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retort

noun

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1 a quick witty response
  • she responded to the heckler with a scathing but hilarious retort that instantly won over the audience

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2 something spoken or written in reaction especially to a question
  • the salesclerk responded to my query about the price with a brusque retort

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retort

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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!"

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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

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The first known use of retort was circa 1505

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“Retort.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/retort. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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