Definition of retort :
1. A vessel in which substances are subjected to distillation or decomposition by heat. It is made of different forms and materials for different uses, as a bulb of glass with a curved beak to enter a receiver for general chemical operations, or a cylinder or semicylinder of cast iron for the manufacture of gas in gas works.
2. The return of, or reply to, an argument, charge, censure, incivility, taunt, or witticism; a quick and witty or severe response.
3. To return an argument or a charge; to make a severe reply.
4. To return, as an argument, accusation, censure, or incivility; as, to retort the charge of vanity.
5. To throw back; to reverberate; to reflect.
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response (part of speech: noun)
defense (part of speech: noun)
retaliate (part of speech: verb)
retaliation (part of speech: noun)
defend (part of speech: verb)
respond (part of speech: verb)
answer (part of speech: verb)
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- When he saw me, however, he did not wait for any retort on my part. - "The Circular Staircase", Mary Roberts Rinehart.
- He only seemed to live when he had a retort before him." - "Cynthia Wakeham's Money", Anna Katharine Green.
- But, before the old man could retort, Anton broke in. - "The Boy With the U.S. Miners", Francis Rolt-Wheeler.