1. Sports A quick thrust given after parrying an opponent's lunge in fencing.
2. A retaliatory action, maneuver, or retort.
intr.v. ri·post·ed, ri·post·ing, ri·postes
1. To make a return thrust.
2. To retort quickly.
[French, alteration of obsolete risposte, from Italian risposta, answer, from feminine past participle of rispondere, to answer, from Latin respondēre; see RESPOND.]
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