Definition of Riposte

1. Noun. A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one). "It brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"

Exact synonyms: Comeback, Counter, Rejoinder, Replication, Retort, Return
Specialized synonyms: Back Talk, Backtalk, Lip, Mouth, Sass, Sassing
Generic synonyms: Reply, Response
Derivative terms: Come Back, Counter, Retort, Return, Return



2. Verb. Make a return thrust. "His opponent riposted"
Category relationships: Fencing
Generic synonyms: Hurl, Hurtle, Lunge, Thrust

3. Noun. (fencing) a counterattack made immediately after successfully parrying the opponents lunge.
Generic synonyms: Counterattack, Countermove
Category relationships: Fencing

4. Verb. Answer back. "They riposte that there was a traffic accident "
Exact synonyms: Come Back, Rejoin, Repay, Retort, Return
Generic synonyms: Answer, Reply, Respond
Derivative terms: Comeback, Retort, Return

Definition of Riposte

1. Noun. (context: fencing) a thrust given in return after parrying an attack. ¹

2. Noun. a quick and usually witty response to a taunt, a retort ¹

3. Noun. an answer or reply, rapidly uttered, in response to a question or problem ¹

4. Verb. (context: fencing) to attempt to hit an opponent after parrying an attack. ¹

5. Verb. to respond quickly; particularly if the response is humorous. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Riposte

1. to make a return thrust in fencing [v -POSTED, -POSTING, -POSTES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Riposte

ripers
ripes
ripest
ripidolite
ripidolites
ripieni
ripienist
ripienists
ripieno
ripienos
riping
riplock
ripoff
ripoffs
ripost
riposte (current term)
riposted
ripostes
riposting
riposts
ripp
rippable
ripped
ripper
rippers
rippier
rippiers
ripping
ripping bar
ripping chisel

Literary usage of Riposte

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia of Sport by Frederick George Aflalo, Hedley Peek (1897)
"When delivering a riposte with a feint, the arm must not be extended with the ... This riposte is very much like the direct riposte quitting blades and is ..."

2. Fencing by Walter Herries Pollock (1897)
"Some cases apart, the fencer should always riposte after he has found the steel ... There are three kinds of ripostes : the direct or straight riposte ; the ..."

3. Fencing by Walter Herries Pollock, F. C. Grove, Camille Prevost (1893)
"Some cases apart, the fencer should always riposte after he has found the steel ... There are three kinds of ripostes : the direct or straight riposte ; the ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The riposte (literally, response) is an attack made, immediately after parrying successfully, by merely straightening the arm, the body remaining immovable. ..."

5. Manual of Bayonet Exercise: Prepared for the Use of the Army of the United by George Brinton McClellan (1856)
"... derange his guard, in order to render his parry more difficult. This last method is particularly efficacious in the engagement in tierce. THE riposte. ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The riposte (literally, response) is an attack made, immediately after parrying successfully, by merely straightening the arm, the body remaining immovable. ..."

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