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retort


re·tort [retort retorts retorted retorting] verb, noun BrE [rɪˈtɔːt] NAmE [rɪˈtɔːrt]
verb
to reply quickly to a comment, in an angry, offended or humorous way
+ speech ‘Don't be ridiculous!’ Pat retorted angrily.
~ that… Sam retorted that it was my fault as much as his.
Verb forms:

Word Origin:
v. and n. sense 1 late 15th cent. ‘hurl back an accusation or insult’ Latin retort- ‘twisted back, cast back’ retorquere re- ‘in return’ torquere ‘to twist’ n. sense 2 early 17th cent. French retorte medieval Latin retorta retorquere ‘twist back’

Example Bank:
‘How dare you!’ he retorted angrily.
‘Don't be ridiculous!’ Pat retorted angrily.

 
noun
1. a quick, angry or humorous reply
Syn: rejoinder, Syn:riposte
She bit back (= stopped herself from making) a sharp retort.
2. a closed bottle with a long narrow bent ↑spout that is used in a laboratory for heating chemicals

Word Origin:
v. and n. sense 1 late 15th cent. ‘hurl back an accusation or insult’ Latin retort- ‘twisted back, cast back’ retorquere re- ‘in return’ torquere ‘to twist’ n. sense 2 early 17th cent. French retorte medieval Latin retorta retorquere ‘twist back’

Example Bank:
He opened his mouth to make a caustic retort.
He was stung into an angry retort.
Her remark drew angry retorts from the unemployed workers.

 

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