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EtymologyEdit

From French riposte, taken from Italian risposta, a derivative of the verb rispondere, "to respond".

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NounEdit

riposte (plural ripostes)

  1. (fencing) a thrust given in return after parrying an attack.
  2. a counter-attack in any combat or any sport
    • 2012 September 7, Dominic Fifield, “England start World Cup campaign with five-goal romp against Moldova”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Some context is required. Moldova were weak at the back and blunt up front, and have failed to score in six matches stretching back to last October, with only hints at English complacency offering them glimpses of summoning a riposte.
  3. a quick and usually witty response to a taunt, a retort
    • 1961 March, “Talking of trains”, in Trains Illustrated, pages 129-130:
      This face-saving reminds us of some American ripostes a few months back when their space rockets seemed disinclined to leave the earth very far behind; after all, they said, the Russians are only chucking heavy machinery at the moon, whereas we're trying to be more sophisticated and get a sewing-machine up there.
  4. an answer or reply, rapidly uttered, in response to a question or problem

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VerbEdit

riposte (third-person singular simple present ripostes, present participle riposting, simple past and past participle riposted)

  1. (fencing) to attempt to hit an opponent after parrying an attack.
  2. to respond quickly; particularly if the response is humorous.

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Italian risposta, from the verb rispondere (to respond).

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riposte f (plural ripostes)

  1. riposte (fencing; witty response; quick reply)

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riposte

  1. first-person singular present indicative of riposter
  2. third-person singular present indicative of riposter
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of riposter
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of riposter
  5. second-person singular imperative of riposter

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riposte

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of ripostar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of ripostar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of ripostar.
  4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of ripostar.