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[ri-pohst] /rɪˈpoʊst/
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.
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 Unabridged
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  • For the record, one semi-opinionated short post dated six years ago is a weak riposte to an accusation of persistent bias.
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  • Colin's riposte was always the same: for ten thousand dollars, they could have their floor-cleaning robot tomorrow.
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British Dictionary definitions for riposte


/rɪˈpɒst; rɪˈpəʊst/
a swift sharp reply in speech or action
(fencing) a counterattack made immediately after a successful parry
(intransitive) to make a riposte
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Italian risposta, from rispondere to reply, respond
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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