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Definition a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
  • She wanted to retort that he that he sounded foolish, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
retort = quickly reply
  • She retorted, "Takes one to know one."
  • retorted = quickly replied
  • "That's none of your business," retorts Himmelstoss.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • retorts = quickly replies
  • "And do you remember," retorted Mr. Jaggers, "that but for me you wouldn't be here and couldn't be here?"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • retorted = quickly replied
  • Now Lennie retorted belligerently, "He ain't neither. George won't do nothing like that. ... He's nice to me."
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • retorted = replied quickly
  • "The most fun there is," retorted Fern, "is when the Ferris wheel stops and Henry and I are in the top car and Henry makes the car swing and we can see everything for miles and miles and miles."
    E. B. White  --  Charlotte's Web
  • retorted = quickly replied
  • "I can diagnose the case more bluntly if you wish," he retorted.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • retorted = quickly replied
  • "So let him sweat like the rest of us," Gerald retorted.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • retorted = quickly replied
  • "Because you don't understand it," he retorted.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • retorted = a quick reply to a question or remark
  • He was very quick upon her with this retort.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • retort = quickly reply
  • Narciso retorted, "and if you seek to do evil to la Grande I will cut your heart out!"
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • retorted = replied quickly
  • "Don't tell me a lie," retorted the schoolmaster.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • retorted = quickly replied
  • "He's dreaming now," said Tweedledee: "and what do you think he's dreaming about?"
      Alice said "Nobody can guess that."
      "Why, about YOU!" Tweedledee exclaimed... "And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you'd be?"
      "Where I am now, of course," said Alice.
      "Not you!" Tweedledee retorted contemptuously. "You'd be nowhere. Why, you're only a sort of thing in his dream!"
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • retorted = quickly replied
  • Tjaden retorts in the well-known phrase from Goethe's "Gotz von Berlichingen," with which he is always free.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • retorts = quickly replies
  • "Then I can be going home right away," retorts Tjaden, and we all laugh,
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • retorts = quickly replies
  • "A bit longer than you, I fancy," he retorts.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • retorts = quickly replies
  • "Have you ever dug peat?" he retorts good-naturedly.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • retorts = quickly replies
  • You sure ain't your daddy;" "Why, she's bleeding inside," he retorted.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Kate retorted fiercely as Number Two stopped the car near the guardhouse.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "For goodness' sake, give it a rest," Mary retorted.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite

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