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retort1

re·tort1

retort1

 
pronunciation:
rih tort
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
features:
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: retorted, retorting, retorts
definition 1: to make a sharp answer.
He always retorts with insults.
synonyms:
rejoin, riposte
similar words:
answer, rebut, reciprocate, reply, respond, retaliate
definition 2: to reply with an opposite argument.
synonyms:
counter
similar words:
answer, contradict, counterclaim, rebut, rejoin, reply, respond
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to say or write (something) as an angry, witty, or argumentative reply.
"I could say the same for you!" he retorted.She retorted that the facts of the case proved otherwise.
synonyms:
counter, rebut, rejoin
similar words:
answer, contradict, counterclaim, reply, respond, wisecrack
definition 2: to give a sharp answer to.
synonyms:
riposte
similar words:
dis, insult
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part of speech: noun
definition: a sharp reply or counterargument.
synonyms:
comeback, rejoinder, riposte
similar words:
rise
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derivation: retorter (n.)
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