U.S. intelligence expects that the North would up the ante to every American riposte.
There were many amusing gaffes and Julia was always ready with a 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!
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.