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[ri-pohst] /rɪˈpoʊst/
a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke:
a brilliant riposte to an insult.
Fencing. a quick thrust given after parrying a lunge.
verb (used without object), riposted, riposting.
to make a riposte.
to reply or retaliate.
Origin of riposte
1700-10; < French, variant of risposte prompt answer < Italian risposta, noun use of feminine past participle of rispondere to answer < Vulgar Latin *respondere for Latin respondēre; see respond Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • My attack had lured him, as I desired that it should, into making a riposte.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • But he did not add that he had tried to deliver any riposte.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • May I venture to suggest to your Excellency that your riposte is more brilliant than safe?

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • I instantly replied by a riposte, but failed to catch him napping.

    The Great Quest Charles Boardman Hawes
  • Somehow, though, the riposte fell short of its expected result.

    Rich Man, Poor Man

    Maximilian Foster
  • Burlingame was stung by the laughter in the court and ventured a riposte.

  • The first riposte of the French Generalissimo had been delivered.

British Dictionary definitions for riposte


/rɪˈpɒst; rɪˈpəʊst/
a swift sharp reply in speech or action
(fencing) a counterattack made immediately after a successful parry
(intransitive) to make a riposte
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Italian risposta, from rispondere to reply, respond
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Word Origin and History for riposte

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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