from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of retorsion.

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  • n. retorsion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act of retorting or throwing back; reflection or turning back.
  • n. Retaliation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of turning or bending back.
  • n. The act of giving back or retaliating anything, as an accusation or an indignity; a retort.


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  • At what might otherwise have been the height of the immediate crisis at the end of July 1922, the Reparations Commission decided to take its summer holidays, effectively postponing any settlement of the exchange turmoil until mid-August; and M. Poincare, bent as ever (it was believed) on Germany's destruction, sent a Note to Berlin accusing the government of wilful default on its debts, and threatening 'retortion'.

    Mises Dailies

  • Only, it were desirable that those by whom such reproofs are managed would take care not to give advantages of retortion or self-justification unto them that are reproved by them; but this they do unavoidably, whilst they seem to make their own judgments and practices the sole rule and measure of what they approve or disallow.

    A Discourse concerning Evangelical Love, Church Peace, and Unity

  • There were, besides, the wish to be prepared for war by the home production of war material, and also the spirit of commercial retortion, paying back in her own coin England's burdensome tax upon our exports to her shores.

    History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)

  • The right of retaliation, or just retortion, for equivalent damage on any part of an enemy's property, is permitted to every nation.

    Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry

  • Dr Borg said the granting of visas under Schengen rules should not be in any way abused as an instrument of political retortion.

  • "This acquisitiveness invites, as a matter of course, retortion by those who suffer most from its consequences either to reparate injuries or end injustices

    ANC Today

  • "This acquisitiveness invites, as a matter of course, retortion by those who suffer most from its consequences either to reparate injuries or end injustices (real or perceived).

    ANC Today

  • By retortion in great quickness, by concession of the conclusion, and granting she was a dog, she borroweth the argument, and taketh it from Christ’s mouth to prove her question.

    The Tryal & Triumph of Faith: or An Exposition of the History of Christs dispossessing of the daughter of the woman of Canaan.

  • With what face can I pray, “Lord, forgive me my sins,” when I may meet with such a retortion, thou canst not forgive thy brethren’s sins, infinitely less both in number and degree?

    The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

  • With What face can (he require that ftri& and fevere Modefty of a young Girl, which fhe who fhould be a Ma - tron, will not pra&ice? or tie up the giddy wandrins; humour of Youth, - within thofe bounds me thinks too ft rait for her own and how ready a retortion will even Scripture it felf afford for fuch an impofer?

    The Ladies Calling: In Two Parts


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