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Herkimer's tanned and swarthy face changed color at this taunt.

None but cowards will insult and taunt the defeated and defenceless.

I had already forgiven you, even before you ceased to reproach and taunt me.

When you taunt me as you do to my face, how can I wonder that you taunt her behind her back!'

"You've never asked me to marry you," she said quietly, this time without a taunt.

The taunt hurt him, too, like unclean words from lips beloved.

And though Owen overheard the taunt, he felt no inclination to notice it.

Who but a coward, sir, would come thus to taunt a man like me?

And with this taunt the carriage stopped at the door of the inn.

I meant to have taken some, but your taunt has turned me to steel.

WORD ORIGIN

1510s, possibly from Middle French tanter, tenter "to tempt, try, provoke," variant of tempter "to try" (see tempt). Or from Middle French tant pour tant "so much for so much, tit for tat," on notion of "sarcastic rejoinder." Related: Taunted; taunting.

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