With an effort Johann recovered his blade and stood ready for the ripost; but the wound was more than enough.
But Lancers are usually no match against other cavalry, who can parry and ripost before the lance can resume the guard.
1707, "a quick thrust after parrying a lunge," a fencing term, from French riposte, by dissimilation from risposte (17c.), from Italian risposta "a reply," noun use of fem. past participle of rispondere "to respond," from Latin respondere (see respond). Sense of "sharp retort; quick, sharp reply," is first attested 1865. As a verb, 1851.