- 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 riposte
To my liberal readers who are about to riposte that it's hard to imagine a GOP being harder right--oh no it's not!Would a National Popular Vote Be Better?
November 6, 2012
U.S. intelligence expects that the North would up the ante to every American riposte.War Looms for Obama in Iran, Syria, and North Korea
Leslie H. Gelb
April 12, 2012
There were many amusing gaffes and Julia was always ready with a riposte.She Taught Me to Cook—and Called Me a Klutz
August 6, 2009
My attack had lured him, as I desired that it should, into making a riposte.Bardelys the Magnificent
But he did not add that he had tried to deliver any riposte.On the Stairs
Henry B. Fuller
May I venture to suggest to your Excellency that your riposte is more brilliant than safe?Prisoners of Hope
I instantly replied by a riposte, but failed to catch him napping.The Great Quest
Charles Boardman Hawes
Somehow, though, the riposte fell short of its expected result.Rich Man, Poor Man
- a swift sharp reply in speech or action
- fencing a counterattack made immediately after a successful parry
- (intr) to make a riposte
Word Origin and History for riposte
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.