riposte

or ri·post

[ ri-pohst ]
/ rɪˈpoʊst /

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

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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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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