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Her raillery, like the raillery of princes, was without fear of retort.

Kirkwood's smile robbed the retort of any flavor of incivility.

Mr Pecksniff was, as a matter of course, greatly entertained by this retort.

I dared not retort, but I looked so hard at his paunch that the General smiled.

Karl had not the subtlety to retort, “Ay, but does it say what we like?”

"You're going to see one now," was all the retort Tom permitted himself.

It was this play that drew forth from a woman, an American playwright, the retort stinging.

But suppose that he were to retort, 'Thrasymachus, what do you mean?

But the moment it had subsided the derided one shot out his retort.

But he did not retort; nor, to her surprise, did he raise his voice or order her off the premises.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, "make return in kind" (especially of an injury), from Old French retort and directly from Latin retortus, past participle of retorquere "turn back, twist back, throw back," from re- "back" (see re-) + torquere "to twist" (see thwart). Applied to exchanges of jest or sarcasm by c.1600, hence "say or utter sharply and aggressively in reply" (1620s). Related: Retorted; retorting.

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