retort
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ɹɪˈtɔɹt/
  • (RP) IPA: /ɹɪˈtɔːt/
Noun

retort (plural retorts)

  1. A sharp or witty reply, or one which turns an argument against its originator; a comeback.
Translations Verb

retort (retorts, present participle retorting; past and past participle retorted)

  1. To say something sharp or witty in answer to a remark or accusation.
  2. To make a remark which reverses an argument upon its originator; to return, as an argument, accusation, censure, or incivility.
    to retort the charge of vanity
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 5”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      And with retorted scorn his back he turned.
  3. To bend or curve back.
    a retorted line
    • With retorted head, pruned themselves as they floated.
  4. To throw back; to reverberate; to reflect.
    • c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii]:
      As when his virtues, shining upon others, / Heat them and they retort that heat again / To the first giver.
Synonyms Translations Noun

retort (plural retorts)

  1. (chemistry) A flask with a rounded base and a long neck that is bent down and tapered, used to heat a liquid for distillation.
  2. A airtight vessel in which material is subjected to high temperatures in the chemical industry or as part of an industrial manufacturing process, especially during the smelting and forging of metal.
  3. A pressure cooker
Translations Translations Verb

retort (retorts, present participle retorting; past and past participle retorted)

  1. (transitive) To heat in a retort.



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