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Retort meaning

retort - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. To throw back; to reverberate; to reflect.
  2. 2. To return, as an argument, accusation, censure, or incivility; as, to retort the charge of vanity.
  3. 3. To return an argument or a charge; to make a severe reply.
  4. 4. The return of, or reply to, an argument, charge, censure, incivility, taunt, or witticism; a quick and witty or severe response.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. A censure returned; severe reply; chemical vessel for distilling.
  7. 7. To bend back; make a severe reply.
  8. 8. To throw back; return.

retort - examples of usage

  1. The Colonel could not resist a retort. - "The Crisis, Volume 6", Winston Churchill.
  2. " How little you understand my design," was Defoe's retort. - "Daniel Defoe", William Minto.
  3. It required no ordinary courage in the state of the national temper at that moment to venture upon the line of retort that Defoe adopted. - "Daniel Defoe", William Minto.
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