Thursday, December 30, 2004
riposte noun [ri-POHST] a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult.
Definitions for riposte
- a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult.
- Fencing. a quick thrust given after parrying a lunge.
- to make a riposte.
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Citations for riposte
He remembered von Neumann's sly riposte to Oppenheimer's famous words quoted from the Bhagavad Gita after the Trinity implosion was heard around the world on July 16, 1945.
Bantering, smart but tentative as shy circling children, both of us checking covertly after each riposte to make sure we hadn't crossed any line or hurt any feelings.