[ 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), ri·post·ed, ri·post·ing.
to make a riposte.
to reply or retaliate.
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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
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Example sentences from the Web for riposte
But Lancers are usually no match against other cavalry, who can parry and ripost before the lance can resume the guard.
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
British Dictionary definitions for riposte
/ (rɪˈpɒst, rɪˈpəʊst) /
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
C18: from French, from Italian risposta, from rispondere to reply, respond
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