Retort Definition

rĭ-tôrt
retorted, retorts
verb
retorted, retorts
To turn (an insult, epithet, deed, etc.) back upon the person from whom it came.
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To reply, esp. in a sharp, quick, or witty way, or in kind.
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To answer (an argument, etc.) in kind.
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To say in reply or response.
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To return in kind; pay back.
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noun
retorts
A quick, sharp, or witty reply, esp. one that turns the words of the previous speaker back upon that speaker.
Webster's New World
The act or practice of making such a reply.
Webster's New World
A container, generally of glass and with a long tube, in which substances are distilled, as in a laboratory.
Webster's New World
A vessel in which ore is heated to extract a metal, coal is heated to produce gas, etc.
Webster's New World
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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Other Word Forms of Retort

Noun

Singular:
retort
Plural:
retorts

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

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