Retort

  • 1 Retort — Re*tort , n. [See {Retort}, v. t.] 1. The return of, or reply to, an argument, charge, censure, incivility, taunt, or witticism; a quick and witty or severe response. [1913 Webster] This is called the retort courteous. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. [F …

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  • 2 Retort — Re*tort , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retorted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Retorting}.] [L. retortus, p. p. of retorquere; pref. re re + torquere to turn twist. See {Torsion}, and cf. {Retort}, n., 2.] 1. To bend or curve back; as, a retorted line. [1913… …

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  • 3 retort — Ⅰ. retort [1] ► VERB ▪ say something sharp or witty in answer to a remark or accusation. ► NOUN ▪ a sharp or witty reply. ORIGIN Latin retorquere twist back . Ⅱ. retort [2] …

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  • 4 retort — vb rejoin, reply, *answer, respond retort n rejoinder, answer, reply, response (see under ANSWER vb 1) Analogous words: *retaliation, reprisal, revenge: repartee (see WIT) …

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  • 5 retort — [n] snappy answer antiphon, back answer, back talk, comeback, cooler, counter, crack*, gag*, jape, jest, joke, lip*, parting shot*, quip, rejoinder, repartee, reply, reprisal, respond, response, retaliation, return, revenge, riposte, sally,… …

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  • 6 Retort — Re*tort , v. i. To return an argument or a charge; to make a severe reply. Pope. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 Retort — Retort. См. Реторта. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …

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  • 8 retort — I verb answer, answer back, come back, counter, countercharge, counterclaim, make a rebuttal, parry, rebut, rejoin, replicate, reply, requite, respond, respondere, return, riposte, say in reply, snap back, surrebut, surrejoin II index answer… …

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  • 9 retort — (v.) 1550s, from L. retortus, pp. of retorquere turn back, from re back (see RE (Cf. re )) + torquere to twist (see THWART (Cf. thwart)). The noun is c.1600, from the verb …

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  • 10 retort — retort1 [ri tôrt′] vt. [< L retortus, pp. of retorquere, to twist back < re , back + torquere, to twist: see TORT] 1. to turn (an insult, epithet, deed, etc.) back upon the person from whom it came 2. to answer (an argument, etc.) in kind 3 …

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  • 11 retort — I UK [rɪˈtɔː(r)t] / US [rɪˈtɔrt] verb [transitive] Word forms retort : present tense I/you/we/they retort he/she/it retorts present participle retorting past tense retorted past participle retorted to reply immediately in an angry or humorous way …

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  • 12 retort — 1. n. & v. n. 1 an incisive or witty or angry reply. 2 the turning of a charge or argument against its originator. 3 a piece of retaliation. v. 1 a tr. say by way of a retort. b intr. make a retort. 2 tr. repay (an insult or attack) in kind. 3 tr …

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  • 13 retort — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ quick, sharp ▪ clever, witty ▪ sarcastic, scathing ▪ angry …

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  • 14 retort — I n. 1) to make a retort 2) a retort to II v. (L) he retorted heatedly that he needed no favors * * * [rɪ tɔːt] (L) he retorted heatedly that he needed no favors a retort to to make a retort …

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  • 15 retort — [[t]rɪtɔ͟ː(r)t[/t]] retorts, retorting, retorted VERB To retort means to reply angrily to someone. [WRITTEN] [V with quote] Was he afraid, he was asked. Afraid of what? he retorted... [V that] Others retort that strong central power is a… …

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  • 16 Retort — In a chemistry laboratory, a retort is a glassware device used for distillation or dry distillation of substances. It consists of a spherical vessel with a long downward pointing neck. The liquid to be distilled is placed in the vessel and heated …

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  • 17 retort — I. verb Etymology: Latin retortus, past participle of retorquēre, literally, to twist back, hurl back, from re + torquēre to twist more at torture Date: circa 1557 transitive verb 1. to pay or hurl back ; return < retort an insult > …

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  • 18 retort — re|tort1 [rıˈto:t US o:rt] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of retorquere to twist back, throw back , from torquere to twist ] to reply quickly, in an angry or humorous way ▪ It s all your fault! he retorted. retort 2… …

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  • 19 retort — re|tort1 [ rı tɔrt ] verb transitive 1. ) to reply immediately in an angry or humorous way to something that someone has said: Mind your own business! she retorted. 2. ) FORMAL to give something as an argument in reply to someone else s argument …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 retort — retort1 verb 1》 say something sharp, angry, or witty in answer to a remark or accusation. 2》 archaic repay (an insult or injury). noun a sharp, angry, or witty reply. Origin C15: from L. retort , retorquere twist back . retort2 noun 1》 a… …

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