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 Meanings and Examples of RETORT
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 n.  reply, especially to answer in a quick, caustic, or witty manner
Classic Sentence: (99 in 7 pages)
1  His wife's retort was like a knife-cut across the sinews and he felt suddenly weak and powerless.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In VII
2  He was polite and disinterested and she missed his interest, perverse though it had been, missed the old days of bickering and retort.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LVIII
3  The shock of this retort had the effect of crystallizing Selden's wavering intentions.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 6
4  She flushed to her temples, but the extremity of her need checked the retort on her lip and she continued to face him composedly.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 7
5  She had the neophyte's shock of discovery that, outside of tracts, conservatives do not tremble and find no answer when an iconoclast turns on them, but retort with agility and confusing statistics.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIII
6  As Duncan dared not retort upon his accuser by reminding him of his own premeditated treachery, and disdained to deprecate his resentment by any words of apology, he remained silent.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 10
7  A moment later the regiment roared forth its sudden and valiant retort.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 17
8  Marianne was going to retort, but she remembered her promises, and forbore.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 37
9  I had leisure to entertain the retort in my mind, while he slowly lifted his heavy glance from the pavement, up my legs and arms, to my face.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XXIX
10  "Be firm, Herbert," I would retort, plying my own pen with great assiduity.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XXXIV
11  But Mr. Peggotty made no such retort, only answering with another entreaty to Mrs. Gummidge to cheer up.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
12  He was very quick upon her with this retort.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In BOOK 2: CHAPTER VII
13  Have patience, sir," replied his counsellor; "I might retort your accusation, and blame the inconsiderate levity which foiled my design, and misled your own better judgment.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIV
14  A large curved retort was boiling furiously in the bluish flame of a Bunsen burner, and the distilled drops were condensing into a two-litre measure.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In XI. The Adventure of The Naval Treaty
15  Chichikov bit his lip, and stood at a loss for a retort.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Gogol
Get Context   In PART 1: CHAPTER V
Example Sentence:
1  Even when it was advisable for her to keep her mouth shut, she was always ready with a quick retort.
2  His sharp retort clearly made an impact.