(ree-POHST) [French, from Italian] In fencing, a quick return thrust. In speech, a rapid, clever reply or counterstroke, especially in response to a verbal attack.
   All attempts to question her ability were met with impressive ripostes from the candidate.

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  • riposte — [ ripɔst ] n. f. • risposte 1527; it. risposta « réponse » 1 ♦ Réponse vive, instantanée, faite à un interlocuteur agressif. ⇒ réplique. Avoir la riposte rapide (cf. Avoir de la repartie). 2 ♦ Escr. Botte portée immédiatement après une parade d… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • riposte — or ripost [ri pōst′] n. [Fr riposte < It risposta < rispondere < L respondere: see RESPOND] 1. Fencing a sharp, swift thrust made after parrying an opponent s lunge 2. a sharp, swift response or retort vi. riposted, riposting to make a… …   English World dictionary

  • riposte — 1707, a quick thrust after parrying a lunge, a fencing term, from Fr. riposte, by dissimilation from risposte, from It. risposta a reply, from rispondere to respond, from L. respondere (see RESPOND (Cf. respond)). Sense of sharp retort is first… …   Etymology dictionary

  • riposte — ► NOUN 1) a quick clever reply. 2) a quick return thrust in fencing. ► VERB ▪ make a riposte. ORIGIN French, from Italian risposta response …   English terms dictionary

  • Riposte — (st), so v.w. Risposte …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Riposte — (franz.), in der Fechtkunst rascher Gegen oder Nachstoß; daher ripostieren, parieren und nachstoßen (vgl. Fechtkunst, S. 371). R. ist auch soviel wie rasche, treffen de Erwiderung …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Riposte — (frz.), in der Fechtkunst rascher Gegenstoß; ripostieren, parieren und nachstoßen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • riposte — index answer (reply) counterattack, countercharge, reply, response, retort, return (respond) Burton s Legal …   Law dictionary

  • Riposte — For the French Marxist organization, see La Riposte. In fencing, the riposte (French for retort ) is an offensive action with the intent of hitting one s opponent, made by the fencer who has just parried an attack. In everyday language, a riposte …   Wikipedia

  • Riposte — Contre attaque (sport de combat) Article principal : contre attaque (militaire). Contre attaque en sport …   Wikipédia en Français

  • RIPOSTE — s. f. Réponse vive faite sur le champ, repartie prompte pour repousser quelque raillerie. Avoir la riposte prête, la riposte en main. Il lui fit une riposte fâcheuse. Être prompt, être vif à la riposte. Il est familier.  Il se dit, figurément et… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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