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Definition a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)

Law:  a rejoinder is a pleading made by a defendant in response to the plaintiff's replication (reply)
  • I couldn't keep from laughing at his sarcastic rejoinder.
  • Churchill's famous rejoinder to Chamberlain's claim that he had obtained peace with honor at the Munich pact: "You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war."
  • I couldn't think of a quick rejoinder; though I thought of the perfect one later that night.
  • it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher
  • "I neither want any thanks, nor merit any," was the careless rejoinder.
    Dickens, Charles  --  A Tale Of Two Cities
  • Her eyes darkened, and he expected an indignant rejoinder.
    Wharton, Edith  --  The Age of Innocence
  • On looking back, I realize that the remark was too obvious to make rejoinder necessary.
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf
  • I made an appropriate rejoinder, and he smiled wanly.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • "If he had been, you would not have loved him, my dear lady," was the rejoinder.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • There was the smallest vein of scorn in her words of rejoinder: "Have you saved yourself?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • "You've forfeited your rights to own that dog," was the rejoinder.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Leper didn't bother to make a rejoinder.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Mr Pancks's short and sharp rejoinder, confirmed by the sudden outstretching of his coaly hand, was most expressive and convincing.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Nelthilta's rejoinder to Chervil in the run had been full of hatred, but this doe's gaze spoke of wrongs beyond her power to express.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Her eyes darkened, and he expected an indignant rejoinder.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • "Oh, DINNER——" he mocked her; but she left him with the smiling rejoinder: "Dinner on board, remember; we'll put it off till nine if you like."
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • And on Isabel's making no rejoinder he went on to enquire whether it took his lordship five days to indite a letter.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • His listeners, who had held their breath during Herr Settembrini's grand rejoinder, breathed out again now.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The two girls looked at Heinrich, anticipating a surgically deft rejoinder.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Bazarov at first stirred a little in his bed, then he uttered the following rejoinder: 'You're still a fool, my boy, I see.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons

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