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Definition adroitness and cleverness in reply
  • The human was trying to engage a troll in macho repartee!
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • But, as the repartee did not occur to him, he contented himself with coming in from the balcony and standing at the side of his wife's couch.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Conway enjoyed the measured yet agile repartees which his good-humored ragging of the Chinese very often elicited.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • This is no time for sly repartee; You must leave my house immediately.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • I see how it is with you, loving your repartee, and brilliant with wit.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • "Don't be a pain" and "Takes one to know one" are standard repartee among girls, but I go much farther than that.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • Chicago delighted in such repartee—for the most part.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • I didn't dare to make the smallest repartee, I need hardly tell you.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • His Royal Highness had laughed until the tears streamed down his cheeks at Blakeney's foolish yet funny repartees.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • "In the afternoon, of course!" he replied, and looked at Tibby to see how the repartee went.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Oh, I have thought the ladies were very elegant and very graceful, and wonderfully quick at repartee.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Rochester, allow me to disown my first answer: I intended no pointed repartee: it was only a blunder.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The preposterous elegance of their manner in the books awed him: he saw seduction consummated in kid gloves, to the accompaniment of subtle repartee.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • I am a very matter-of-fact, plain-spoken being, and may blunder on the borders of a repartee for half an hour together without striking it out.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • We love the plays, the great characters, the fabulous speeches, the witty repartee even in times of duress.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • But the situation seemed to call for witty repartee.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Kate turned for some quick repartee, but kept on walking, leaving the professor with her luminous smile to think about.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • He smiled then laughed heartily, as if he'd just realized anew the humor in his repartee.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • He had no repartee but laughed at everything.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Her tongue is moved by wit of high degree and ready repartee: her breast is seduction to all that see (glory be to Him Who fashioned it and finished it!
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces

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