rip oste

riposte

[ri-pohst]
noun
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), riposted, riposting.
3.
to make a riposte.
4.
to reply or retaliate.
Also, ripost.


Origin:
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 or ripost (rɪˈpɒst, rɪˈpəʊst, rɪˈpɒst, rɪˈpəʊst)
 
n
1.  a swift sharp reply in speech or action
2.  fencing a counterattack made immediately after a successful parry
 
vb
3.  (intr) to make a riposte
 
[C18: from French, from Italian risposta, from rispondere to reply, respond]
 
ripost or ripost
 
n
 
vb
 
[C18: from French, from Italian risposta, from rispondere to reply, respond]

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riposte
1707, "a quick thrust after parrying a lunge," a fencing term, from Fr. riposte, by dissimilation from risposte, from It. risposta "a reply," from rispondere "to respond," from L. respondere (see respond). Sense of "sharp retort" is first attested 1865.
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