riposte

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v riposte answer back
    • v riposte make a return thrust "his opponent riposted"
    • n riposte (fencing) a counterattack made immediately after successfully parrying the opponents lunge
    • n riposte a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one) "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Riposte A quick and sharp refort; a repartee.
    • Riposte In fencing, a return thrust after a parry.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n riposte In fencing, a quick, short thrust by a swordsman after parrying a lunge from his opponent: usually given without moving from the spot, before the opponent has time to recover his position or guard.
    • n riposte Hence A quick, smart reply; a repartee.
    • riposte To make a quick, smart reply or repartee.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Riposte ri-pōst′ a quick short thrust in fencing: a repartee.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. riposte,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.

Usage

In literature:

Kapor ripostes that the telcos and the Internet are entirely different animals.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
My attack had lured him, as I desired that it should, into making a riposte.
"Bardelys the Magnificent" by Rafael Sabatini
But from the gloom came a little laugh to answer him, and his angry lunge was foiled by an enveloping movement that ended in a ripost.
"The Snare" by Rafael Sabatini
Then Sir John sneered, and made his riposte.
"The Sea-Hawk" by Raphael Sabatini
I have riposted by raising my price to seventy-five thousand dollars.
"The Gates of Chance" by Van Tassel Sutphen
She is down on it like the lightning, quick as she is in her contracted circle, politeness guarding her from a riposte.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
His opponent with a desperate promptitude parried and riposted; the parry only just succeeded, the riposte failed.
"The Ball and The Cross" by G.K. Chesterton
But Heywood, by some desperate sleight, had parried the certainty, and even tried a riposte.
"Dragon's blood" by Henry Milner Rideout
His parade and riposte were as quick as lightning.
"The Exploits Of Brigadier Gerard" by Arthur Conan Doyle
As for his blows, they fell upon air, for the lad was ever out of reach before the ripostes came.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
The Vicar of Troy, warming to this new contention, riposted in masterly style.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
This was designed as a triumphant ripost to the Feast of Reason, which Chaumette and his friends had celebrated in the winter.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)" by John Morley
Ludwig riposted by banishing him from the capital.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
The prince, very much surprised, parried in prime, riposted, and touched Dick on the hand.
"Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia being the adventures of Prince Prigio's son" by Andrew Lang
He fleshed me again on the riposte by a one-two feint in tierce and a thrust in carte.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
It's a sort of riposte to their disintegrating flame.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
There are three kinds of ripostes: direct, with feints and after a pause.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
Had I chosen to riposte, my sword-hilt would have rung on your breast-bone.
"Parson Kelly" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
He put aside the blade with a quick parade, and instead of making a riposte sprang within the other's guard.
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
She had her riposte ready.
"Starvecrow Farm" by Stanley J. Weyman
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In news:

Of Orcs and Men has a new "buddy" trailer showing off the game's sense of humor and witty ripostes.
Join the conversation in the Books & Literature conference of Post & Riposte.
In his graceful assuming of various characters, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine lobs a searing riposte at Uganda's anti-gay bill in a new solo show.
Chris Brown deletes Twitter feed after series of repulsive ripostes.
Howard Owens's 5,200 word CJR riposte to David Simon on paywalls deserve a reply of its own (outside of its comments section, which at 126 and counting, you should take some time to read).
It started innocuously enough last month with word that the Booker Prize for Fiction, Britain's riposte to the Pulitzer, had signed a new sponsor.
Join a conversation on fiction in the Arts & Literature conference of Post & Riposte.
Women Scorned, Riposting on a High Note.
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In science:

It takes time. Of course, the riposte to that is that finding bugs early saves time in the long run, by preventing hours and money being sunk into business opportunities that only look good because the analysis is flawed.
Self-Checks In Spreadsheets: A Survey Of Current Practice
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