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Word of the Day – Riposte

By February 15, 2022Word of the Day

Riposte (noun)

rip-ost

A quick, clever reply to an insult or criticism.

Early 18th century from French risposte (noun), risposter (verb), from Italian risposta ‘response’.

Example sentences

“she was back with a witty riposte before he had chance to catch his breath.”

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