riposte

[ ri-pohst ]

Part of Speech

verb,noun

Definition

verb

make a quick, clever reply to an insult or criticism

noun

a quick, clever reply to an insult or criticism

Origin + Etymology

from French risposte (noun), risposter (verb), from Italian risposta ‘response’

Synonyms

noun

  • retort
  • counter
  • rejoinder
  • return
  • retaliation
  • answer
  • reply
  • response
  • comeback
  • retaliate
  • snap back
  • answer
  • reply
  • respond

Antonyms

noun

  • question
  • request

Examples

verb

Sally riposted the man who insulted her instead of crying.

noun

Instead of crying, Sally made a brilliant riposte to an insult.

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