Word of the Day: Retort

re-tort / rəˈtôrt   verb  
  1. to reply sharply or in kind
A bird in the hand was worth two in the bush, he told her, to which she retorted that a proverb was the last refuge of the mentally destitute. From ‘The Painted Veil’ by W. Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965  
  1. to return or hurl back
Someone described Providence as the baptismal name of chance; no doubt some pious person will retort that chance is the nickname of Providence. Nicolas Chamfort, 1741-1794  
  1. to answer via counter argument
The driver retorted that since there could be no material difference between a train that arrived at a station and a station that arrived at a train, it was equally the stationmaster’s fault. From ‘Shades of Grey’ by Jasper Fforde, 1961-   noun  
  1. a curt or witty reply
Every time we hold our tongues instead of returning the sharp retort, show patience with another’s faults, show a little more love and kindness, we are helping to stock-pile more of these peace-bringing qualities in the world instead of armaments for war. Connie Foster, 1955-