Riposte

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

Pronunciation: [ ri-pohst ]


Definition: noun; verb

1: a quick, clever reply to an insult or criticism

2: make a quick, clever reply to an insult or criticism

Origin: 1700; French


Etymology: from French risposte (noun), risposter (verb), from Italian risposta ‘response’

Usage:


Synonyms:

  • retort

  • counter

  • rejoinder

  • return

  • retaliation

  • answer

  • reply

  • response

  • comeback

  • retaliate

  • snap back

  • answer

  • reply

  • respond

Antonyms:

  • question

  • request

Example: Instead of crying, Sally made a brilliant riposte to an insult.

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