retort
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Part of Speechverb, verbOrigin + Etymology
Early-16th century; French;; from retorte, from the medieval Latin retorta, the feminine past participle of retorquere
Synonyms
verb
rebut crack rejoin quip
verb
counter repay
Antonyms
verb
ask question request take
verb
unavailable
Definition
verbto reply to, usually in a sharp or retaliatory way
verbto return (an accusation, epithet, etc.) upon the person uttering it
Examples
verbA) Something about his tone had caused her to retort about his failures, which had the desired effect to get him to stop talking. B) She wasn't sure why he had chosen to retort in such a manner, but the rudeness was hurtful.
verbA) He didn't expect them to retort his accusations of injustice back on him, tripping his oratorical flow. B) Nothing will get done if we just blame and retort against each other instead of solving the problems.
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