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retort
used in Middlemarch

3 uses
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Definition
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
  • "I'll swear there is, though," retorted Mr. Hawley.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (62% in)
  • Before the last words were out of Mr. Hawley's mouth, Bulstrode felt that he should answer, and that his answer would be a retort.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (97% in)
  • "Yes," said Sir James, unable to repress a retort, "it is rather a pity you formed that high opinion of him.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (86% in)

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