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retortion

[ri-tawr-shuh n]
noun
  1. the act of turning or bending back.
  2. retaliation.
  3. International Law. retorsion.
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Origin of retortion

1585–95; < Medieval Latin retortiōn- (stem of retortiō), equivalent to Latin retort(us) (see retort1) + -iōn- -ion

retorsion

or re·tor·tion

[ri-tawr-shuh n]
noun International Law.
  1. retaliation or reprisal by one state identical or similar to an act by an offending state, such as high tariffs or discriminating duties.
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Origin of retorsion

1650–60; < Medieval Latin retorsiōn- (stem of retorsiō, variant of retortiō); see retortion
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British Dictionary definitions for retortion

retortion

noun
  1. the act of retorting
  2. a variant spelling of retorsion
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retorsion

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C17: from French; see retort 1
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Word Origin and History for retortion

n.

1590s, from Medieval Latin retortionem (nominative retortio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin retorquere (see retort (v.)).

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