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riposte (plural ripostes)
- (fencing) a thrust given in return after parrying an attack.
- a quick and usually witty response to a taunt, a retort
- 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.
a quick and usually witty response to a taunt
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- (fencing) to attempt to hit an opponent after parrying an attack.
- to respond quickly; particularly if the response is humorous.
riposte f (plural ripostes)
- riposte (fencing; witty response; quick reply)
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of
- “riposte” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
riposte f pl