Retort meaning

rĭ-tôrt
To say something sharp or witty in answer to a remark or accusation.
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To answer (an argument, etc.) in kind.
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To return in kind; pay back.
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The act or an instance of retorting.
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A closed laboratory vessel with an outlet tube, used for distillation, sublimation, or decomposition by heat.
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To turn (an insult, epithet, deed, etc.) back upon the person from whom it came.
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To say in reply or response.
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To reply, esp. in a sharp, quick, or witty way, or in kind.
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A quick, sharp, or witty reply, esp. one that turns the words of the previous speaker back upon that speaker.
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The act or practice of making such a reply.
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A container, generally of glass and with a long tube, in which substances are distilled, as in a laboratory.
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A vessel in which ore is heated to extract a metal, coal is heated to produce gas, etc.
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A sharp or witty reply, or one which turns an argument against its originator; a comeback.
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To make a remark which reverses an argument upon its originator; to return, as an argument, accusation, censure, or incivility.

To retort the charge of vanity.

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To bend or curve back.

A retorted line.

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To throw back; to reverberate; to reflect.
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(chemistry) A flask with a rounded base and a long neck that is bent down and tapered, used to heat a liquid for distillation.

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A container in which material is subjected to high temperatures as part of an industrial manufacturing process, especially during the smelting and forging of metal.
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To heat in a retort.
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Retort is defined as to reply to something, often in a witty or sarcastic way that turns the comment back to the previous speaker.

An example of retort is to talk back to someone making fun of another.

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The definition of a retort is a quick or witty reply.

An example of a retort is a what a person would say if they were mocking someone back who just mocked her.

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To make a reply, especially a quick, caustic, or witty one.
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To present a counterargument.
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To return like for like; retaliate.
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A quick incisive reply, especially one that turns the first speaker's words to his or her own disadvantage.
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A glass laboratory vessel in the shape of a bulb with a long, downward-pointing outlet tube. It is used for distillation or decomposition by heat.
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Origin of retort

  • French retorte from Medieval Latin retorta from feminine of Latin retortus past participle of retorquēre to bend back retort1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin retorquēre retort- to bend back, retort re- re- torquēre to bend, twist terkw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin retortus, from retorquere (“to be forced to twist back").

    From Wiktionary

  • From French retorte.

    From Wiktionary