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), riposted, riposting.
to make a riposte.
to reply or retaliate.
Also, ripost.

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

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
For the record, one semi-opinionated short post dated six years ago is a weak riposte to an accusation of persistent bias.
Nor is it evident which came first, provoking the other side to come up with its own interior-design-inspired riposte.
Colin's riposte was always the same: for ten thousand dollars, they could have their floor-cleaning robot tomorrow.
Their riposte is that genetic or environmental differences could equally have shaped technological differences.
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