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riposte

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[ ri-pohst ]
/ rɪˈpoʊst /
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noun
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), ri·post·ed, ri·post·ing.
to make a riposte.
to reply or retaliate.
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Origin of riposte

First recorded in 1700–10; from French, variant of risposte “prompt answer,” from Italian risposta, noun use of feminine past participle of rispondere “to answer,” from Vulgar Latin respondere (unrecorded) for Latin respondēre; see respond
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British Dictionary definitions for riposte

riposte

ripost

/ (rɪˈpɒst, rɪˈpəʊst) /

noun
a swift sharp reply in speech or action
fencing a counterattack made immediately after a successful parry
verb
(intr) to make a riposte

Word Origin for riposte

C18: from French, from Italian risposta, from rispondere to reply, respond
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