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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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proceeds, replication, generate, reward, replica, give back, fall, issue, heel counter, sideboard, hark back, pass, retrovert, reproduction, income tax return, paying back, tabulator, recall, attack, return, bring back, devolve, ask, reelect, comeback, repartee, yield, return key, regress, reverberation, hit back, reappearance, give, counterpunch, rejoin, revert, getting even, takings, tax return, restitution, pay back, recurrence, take back, regaining, sound reflection, payoff, strike back, forgiveness, riposte, parry, render, deliver, rejoinder, requite, turn back, refund, buffet, take, repay, restoration, homecoming, come back, coming back, counter.

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