retort+upon

  • 1Retort — Re*tort , n. [See {Retort}, v. t.] 1. The return of, or reply to, an argument, charge, censure, incivility, taunt, or witticism; a quick and witty or severe response. [1913 Webster] This is called the retort courteous. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. [F …

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  • 2Retort — 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… …

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  • 3retort — retort1 [ri tôrt′] vt. [< L retortus, pp. of retorquere, to twist back < re , back + torquere, to twist: see TORT] 1. to turn (an insult, epithet, deed, etc.) back upon the person from whom it came 2. to answer (an argument, etc.) in kind 3 …

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  • 4retort — 1. n. & v. n. 1 an incisive or witty or angry reply. 2 the turning of a charge or argument against its originator. 3 a piece of retaliation. v. 1 a tr. say by way of a retort. b intr. make a retort. 2 tr. repay (an insult or attack) in kind. 3 tr …

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  • 5retort — retort1 retorter, n. /ri tawrt /, v.t. 1. to reply to, usually in a sharp or retaliatory way; reply in kind to. 2. to return (an accusation, epithet, etc.) upon the person uttering it. 3. to answer (an argument or the like) by another to the… …

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  • 6retort — 1. noun /rɪˈtɔːt,rəˈtoʊrt/ a) A sharp or witty reply, or one which turns an argument against its originator. , 1893, A large curved retort was boiling furiously in the bluish flame of a Bunsen burner, and the distilled drops were condensing into… …

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  • 7retort — I re•tort [[t]rɪˈtɔrt[/t]] v. t. 1) to reply to, usu. in a sharp or retaliatory way 2) to return (an accusation, epithet, etc.) upon the person uttering it 3) to answer (an argument or the like) by another to the contrary 4) to reply, esp.… …

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  • 8retort — I. /rəˈtɔt / (say ruh tawt) verb (t) 1. to reply in retaliation; make a retort or retorts, often quickly and sharply; reply in kind to. 2. to return (an accusation, epithet, etc.) upon the person uttering it. 3. to answer (an argument or the… …

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  • 9Tubulated retort — Retort Re*tort , n. [See {Retort}, v. t.] 1. The return of, or reply to, an argument, charge, censure, incivility, taunt, or witticism; a quick and witty or severe response. [1913 Webster] This is called the retort courteous. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 10turn upon — Retort, throw back …

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  • 11To turn the back upon — Turn Turn (t[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turning}.] [OE. turnen, tournen, OF. tourner, torner, turner, F. tourner, LL. tornare, fr. L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to rounds off, fr. tornus a lathe, Gr. ? a turner s… …

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  • 12To turn upon — Turn Turn (t[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turning}.] [OE. turnen, tournen, OF. tourner, torner, turner, F. tourner, LL. tornare, fr. L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to rounds off, fr. tornus a lathe, Gr. ? a turner s… …

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  • 13To throw one's self upon — Throw Throw, v. t. [imp. {Threw} (thr[udd]); p. p. {Thrown} (thr[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Throwing}.] [OE. [thorn]rowen, [thorn]rawen, to throw, to twist, AS. [thorn]r[=a]wan to twist, to whirl; akin to D. draaijen, G. drehen, OHG. dr[=a]jan, L.… …

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  • 14To turn upon — Turn Turn, v. i. 1. To move round; to have a circular motion; to revolve entirely, repeatedly, or partially; to change position, so as to face differently; to whirl or wheel round; as, a wheel turns on its axis; a spindle turns on a pivot; a man… …

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  • 15turn upon — 1. To cast back upon, retort 2. To hinge on • • • Main Entry: ↑turn …

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  • 16pay off — 1. Pay and discharge (as hired men). 2. Punish, pay, take revenge upon, retort upon, retaliate, be quits, be even with, give a quid pro quo. 3. (Naut.) Fall off, fall to leeward, fall off from the wind …

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  • 17pay — I. v. a. 1. Discharge, settle, liquidate, defray. 2. Compensate, recompense, requite, remunerate, reward, make payment to, satisfy, discharge one s obligation to, indemnify. 3. Punish, take revenge upon, retort upon. 4. Give, render, offer. 5.… …

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  • 18nebbian — wv/t2 to retort upon, rebuke, confront, turn the face towards anyone …

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  • 19Retorted — 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… …

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  • 20Retorting — 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… …

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