Origin of retortion
- retaliation or reprisal by one state identical or similar to an act by an offending state, such as high tariffs or discriminating duties.
Origin of retorsion
1650–60; < Medieval Latin retorsiōn- (stem of retorsiō, variant of retortiō); see retortion
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- the act of retorting
- a variant spelling of retorsion
- rare retaliatory action taken by a state whose citizens have been mistreated by a foreign power by treating the subjects of that power similarly; reprisal
C17: from French; see retort 1
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Word Origin and History for retortion
1590s, from Medieval Latin retortionem (nominative retortio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin retorquere (see retort (v.)).
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