Retort is defined as to reply to something, often in a witty or sarcastic way that turns the comment back to the previous speaker.(verb)
An example of retort is to talk back to someone making fun of another.
The definition of a retort is a quick or witty reply.(noun)
An example of a retort is a what a person would say if they were mocking someone back who just mocked her.
See retort in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L retortus, pp. of retorquere, to twist back < re-, back + torquere, to twist: see tort
Origin: Fr retorte < ML retorta < L, fem. of retortus: see retort
See retort in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb re·tort·ed, re·tort·ing, re·torts verb, transitive
Origin: Latin retorquēre, retort-, to bend back, retort
Origin: : re-, re-
Origin: + torquēre, to bend, twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: French retorte
Origin: , from Medieval Latin retorta
Origin: , from feminine of Latin retortus
Origin: , past participle of retorquēre, to bend back; see retort1.
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