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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of retorquere 'to twist back, throw back', from torquere 'to twist'

retort

1 verb
     
reā€§tort1 [transitive]
to reply quickly, in an angry or humorous way:
'It's all your fault!' he retorted.

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