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Main Entry: 1re·tort
Pronunciation: ri-primarystresstodot(schwa)rt
Function: verb
Etymology: from Latin retortus, past participle of retorquemacronre, literally "to twist back, hurl back," from re- "back, again" and torquemacronre "to twist" --related to DISTORT, EXTORT, TORTURE
1 : to answer back : reply angrily or sharply
2 : to reply to an argument with an opposing argument

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