riposte

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Etymology[edit]

From French riposte, taken from Italian risposta, a derivative of the verb rispondere, "to respond".

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Noun[edit]

riposte (plural ripostes)

  1. (fencing) a thrust given in return after parrying an attack.
  2. a quick and usually witty response to a taunt, a retort
  3. an answer or reply, rapidly uttered, in response to a question or problem
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    • 2012 September 7, Dominic Fifield, “England start World Cup campaign with five-goal romp against Moldova”, The Guardian:
      Some context is required. Moldova were weak at the back and blunt up front, and have failed to score in six matches stretching back to last October, with only hints at English complacency offering them glimpses of summoning a riposte.

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Verb[edit]

riposte (third-person singular simple present ripostes, present participle riposting, simple past and past participle riposted)

  1. (fencing) to attempt to hit an opponent after parrying an attack.
  2. to respond quickly; particularly if the response is humorous.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian riposta, a derivative of rispondere, "to respond".

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Noun[edit]

riposte f (plural ripostes)

  1. riposte (fencing; witty response; quick reply)

Verb[edit]

riposte

  1. inflected form of riposter

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

riposte f pl

  1. feminine plural of riposto

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