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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
  • "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
  • "That's none of your business," retorts Himmelstoss.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • retorts = quickly replies
  • 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
  • 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
  • Just be quiet a minute, will you?" he said when he saw the retort forming.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • Minho started to retort, but Newt elbowed him in the gut.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • "Go on with you, "Erb,' she retorted.'
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The duke's unjust Thus to retort your manifest appeal, And put your trial in the villain's mouth Which here you come to accuse.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure

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