from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sports A quick thrust given after parrying an opponent's lunge in fencing.
- n. A retaliatory action, maneuver, or retort.
- intransitive v. To make a return thrust.
- intransitive v. To retort quickly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a thrust given in return after parrying an attack.
- n. a quick and usually witty response to a taunt, a retort
- n. an answer or reply, rapidly uttered, in response to a question or problem
- v. to attempt to hit an opponent after parrying an attack.
- v. to respond quickly; particularly if the response is humorous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a quick, smart reply or repartee.
- n. In fencing, a quick, short thrust by a swordsman after parrying a lunge from his opponent: usually given without moving from the spot, before the opponent has time to recover his position or guard.
- n. Hence A quick, smart reply; a repartee.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. answer back
- n. (fencing) a counterattack made immediately after successfully parrying the opponents lunge
- v. make a return thrust
- n. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
Whether this serves as a decisive riposte is open to readers to judge.
Yet another set of emails approaching. on October 9, 2008 at 9: 59 am | Reply Pete sara and PC 44: and your reasoned riposte is … .. what, exactly?
Scum@17 - your devastating riposte is what exactly … ..?
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Mercer's 1500 word riposte hit Golfman squarely where it hurts - in the pomposity.
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