[ UK /ɹɪtˈɔːt/ ]
[ US /ˈɹiˌtɔɹt/ ]
  1. a vessel where substances are distilled or decomposed by heat
  2. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
    it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher
  1. answer back
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How To Use retort In A Sentence

  • He noted that there is currently no democratic way of allowing the release of synbio technology, to which Dr. Gutmann retorted that there is no democratic way of banning it either. Michael Rugnetta: The Presidential Commission and Synthetic Biology
  • Writing with your personal creative djinni « The Retort Writing with your personal creative djinni « The Retort
  • He gave me an once-over, slowly letting his gaze survey me up and down, and I felt my cheeks heat up, regretting my stupid retort.
  • With that retort, Will shoved Mark into a table, but Mark countered, ducking from a roundhouse swing and taking Will's legs out from underneath him.
  • Now you may retort that this is just good management, not a matter of ownership. Times, Sunday Times
  • Goboto retorts that its resident population is smaller and that its visitors are thirstier. A GOBOTO NIGHT
  • It is certainly not a convincing retort to point out that: the argument is inconsistent with the existence of a Board having powers as specified under Section 11 of the Broadcasting Act. However, in assenting to the Act, Parliament either did not know what it was doing; or was making an idle gesture, not expecting the Board to promulgate any regulations respecting standards of programs, the character of advertising, the amount of time that may be devoted to advertising, and other matters specifically referred to, in the Act; or as I believe to be much more likely, Parliament consciously denied the argument that broadcasting can be left to the normal criteria and judgments of the market place. A High Standard
  • ‘You pitiful, foppish, berk,’ I irritably retorted, in my head.
  • She had been ready with a quick retort but the words died on her lips, her manner underwent an abrupt change. NOBLE BEGINNNINGS
  • It don't cost nothin 'bein' square in hard times," Matt retorted. "Just Meat"
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