• The Retort Curteous
    The Retort Curteous
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Retortive Containing retort.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • retortive Retorting; turning backward; retrospective.
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In literature:

ANDERSON (interposing before Mrs. Dudgeon can retort).
"The Devil's Disciple" by George Bernard Shaw
The residue will be retorted gold, which, on being weighed and the result multiplied by 2240 for a 1 lb.
"Getting Gold" by J. C. F. Johnson
Bob Worthington was surprised at this retort, and correspondingly delighted.
"Coniston, Complete" by Winston Churchill
HELM, upper part of a retort.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
HELM, upper part of a retort.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
We have to discourage the cheap tricks of controversy, the retort, the search for inconsistency.
"First and Last Things" by H. G. Wells
Let us retort in kind.
"In the Sweet Dry and Dry" by Christopher Morley
She was about to retort but something checked the words on her tongue.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
His father was still immersed in blow-pipes and retorts, his mother still mildly protesting.
"The Life of Sir Richard Burton" by Thomas Wright
He moved off, indifferent to Carlo's retort.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith

In poetry:

Fortune! I yield; and see, I give the sign;
At noon the poor mechanic wanders home,
Collects the square, the level, and the line,
And, with retorted eye, forsakes the dome.
"Elegy X. To Fortune, Suggesting His Motive for Repining at Her Dispensations" by William Shenstone
Dread sounds the shower's rumbling overture!
While from the fulness of the cloud's retort,
With sprightly dance, the copious rains disport,
Adown the ambient waste of skies obscure.
"The Shower" by George Hannibal Temple
But when it shall happen the two disagree,
Ill-nature, retorts, and returns, you may see.
The Peasants alarm'd will begin to take sides;
The plague becomes pow'rful--the village divides.
"The Way To Rule A Village" by William Hutton
Coarse cries of strife assailed my ear,
In suburb-ways, one summer morn;
A wretched alley I drew near
Whence on the air the sounds were borne—
Growls breaking into curses clear,
And shrill retorts of keener scorn.
"He Needed Not" by George MacDonald
With naggers, life is painful if they do not roar and snort
With frenzy and with fury, and the trespass of retort;
And club men are so constant in their social thought and air,
You just forget deception is the glory reigning there.
"The Shady Side" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
For all those family hols? . . . A whistle went:
Things moved. I sat back, staring at my boots.
'Was that,' my friend smiled, 'where you "have your roots"?'
No, only where my childhood was unspent,
I wanted to retort, just where I started:
"I Remember, I Remember" by Philip Larkin

In news:

Because cremation is being chosen more frequently, putting in its own retort in house made sense and would save money that the funeral home had previously paid out for cremations .
I t began as a retort and became a fear.
11 witty and sage airline ' gunk ' retorts.
Vice President Biden's sharp retort to Rep Paul Ryan's invocation of President John F Kennedy was by far the single biggest single moment of the debate according to Twitter metrics.
President Obama's message to entrepreneurs that "you didn't build that" prompted one Georgia business owner to respond with a not-so-subtle retort.
Stockman's retort: " Normally I would not respond to anonymous bloggers…".
A dozen types of chili ushered in low-acid retorting with Recart four years ago.
She felt ambushed by his reply and could not manage a clever retort.
Named) Drudge Retort to remove seven headlines and story briefs from its site.
Jim Tortolano's Retorts: Grads, commence seriousness .
"I love Zumba," retorted Sophia as she shimmied in reply, "and there's a lot more hip movement and dance to it than that.
Retorts Illustrated Bryan Stalder .
Retorts Illustrated by Bryan Stalder .
Stockman 's retort: "Normally I would not respond to anonymous bloggers…".
John Grisham's "The Litigators" a swerving , stirring retort.

In science:

Thus, as a pun to Taubes’ question that Chern was quoted as asking in the previous section, we can now retort: the ADG-gravitational connection field is indifferent to different choices of differential algebras of generalized coordinates A that we employ to represent it (on E ).
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
The obvious retort to such a remark is that inflation could have occurred somewhere else in configuration space, and the system could then have rolled down to the moduli space.
M Theory and Cosmology