Retortion
Retortion Re*tor"tion, n. [Cf. F. r['e]torsion. See {Retort}, v. t.] 1. Act of retorting or throwing back; reflection or turning back. [Written also {retorsion}.] [1913 Webster]

It was, however, necessary to possess some single term expressive of this intellectual retortion. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) Retaliation. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]


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  • retortion — /ri tawr sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of turning or bending back. 2. retaliation. 3. Internat. Law. retorsion. [1585 95; < ML retortion (s. of retortio), equiv. to L retort(us) (see RETORT1) + ion ION] * * * …   Universalium

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  • retortion — noun retorsion …   Wiktionary

  • retortion — re·tor·tion || rɪ tÉ”rʃn / tɔːʃn n. act of bending backwards; act of vengeance, retaliation; act of turning an argument against the person who made it …   English contemporary dictionary

  • retortion — noun (in international law) retaliation by a state on another s subjects. Origin C16 (in the sense bending or turning backwards ): from retort1, perh. on the pattern of contortion …   English new terms dictionary

  • retortion — re·tor·tion …   English syllables

  • retortion — /rəˈtɔʃən/ (say ruh tawshuhn) noun 1. the act of turning or bending back. 2. → retaliation. 3. International Law → retorsion. {Medieval Latin retortio, from Latin retortus, past participle, twisted back} …   Australian English dictionary

  • retortion —   n. turning or twisting back; retaliation …   Dictionary of difficult words

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