Retort Re*tort", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retorted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Retorting}.] [L. retortus, p. p. of retorquere; pref. re- re- + torquere to turn twist. See {Torsion}, and cf. {Retort}, n., 2.] 1. To bend or curve back; as, a retorted line. [1913 Webster]

With retorted head, pruned themselves as they floated. --Southey. [1913 Webster]

2. To throw back; to reverberate; to reflect. [1913 Webster]

As when his virtues, shining upon others, Heat them and they retort that heat again To the first giver. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To return, as an argument, accusation, censure, or incivility; as, to retort the charge of vanity. [1913 Webster]

And with retorted scorn his back he turned. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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