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riposte

[ri-pohst] /rɪˈpoʊst/
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
1700-1710
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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British Dictionary definitions for ripostes

riposte

/rɪˈpɒst; rɪˈpəʊst/
noun
1.
a swift sharp reply in speech or action
2.
(fencing) a counterattack made immediately after a successful parry
verb
3.
(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 ripostes

riposte

n.

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.

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