- a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult.
- Fencing. a quick thrust given after parrying a lunge.
- to make a riposte.
- to reply or retaliate.
Origin of riposte
Examples from the Web for ripost
Historical Examples of ripost
With an effort Johann recovered his blade and stood ready for the ripost; but the wound was more than enough.Joan of the Sword Hand
S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
But Lancers are usually no match against other cavalry, who can parry and ripost before the lance can resume the guard.
- a swift sharp reply in speech or action
- fencing a counterattack made immediately after a successful parry
- (intr) to make a riposte
Word Origin for riposte
Word Origin and History for ripost
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.