or ri·post

[ ri-pohst ]
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  1. a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult.

  2. Fencing. a quick thrust given after parrying a lunge.

verb (used without object),ri·post·ed, ri·post·ing.
  1. to make a riposte.

  2. to reply or retaliate.

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

Words Nearby riposte Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use riposte in a sentence

  • There were many amusing gaffes and Julia was always ready with a riposte.

  • Wife Barbara padded around behind him, ever ready with a witty riposte to any and all.

    Aboard the Bush Plane | Mark McKinnon | January 20, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • His opponent with a desperate promptitude parried and riposted; the parry only just succeeded, the riposte failed.

    The Ball and The Cross | G.K. Chesterton
  • But he revealed a natural and disconcerting skill at verbal riposte which made him respected, if not feared by his opponents.

    Port O' Gold | Louis John Stellman
  • Try again your feint flanconnade Dupr, Mademoiselle Louise; only be prepared this time for a subtle riposte!

    Moscow | Fred Whishaw
  • When my foil had been hit up into the air about three times in succession to the triumphant riposte!

    Fanny Goes to War | Pat Beauchamp
  • But Heywood, by some desperate sleight, had parried the certainty, and even tried a riposte.

    Dragon's blood | Henry Milner Rideout

British Dictionary definitions for riposte



/ (rɪˈpɒst, rɪˈpəʊst) /

  1. a swift sharp reply in speech or action

  2. fencing a counterattack made immediately after a successful parry

  1. (intr) to make a riposte

Origin of riposte

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

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