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retort - Dictionary definition and meaning for word retort

(noun) a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
Example Sentence
  • it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher

(noun) a vessel where substances are distilled or decomposed by heat
(verb) answer back
Synonyms : come back , rejoin , repay , return , riposte

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for retort

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by Administrator

U give quick sharp reply when asked to come to a RE(S)ORT
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by nistha

Tort is to twist...like tortuous ...so retort is to twist a reply and hurl back!
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by bugmenot

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