how to pronounce retort


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retort is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of retort in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… withering retort to the glue stirs …”

meanings of retort


  1. To bend or curve back.
  2. To say something sharp or witty in answer to a remark or accusation.
  3. To heat in a retort.
  4. To make a remark which reverses an argument upon its originator; to return, as an argument, accusation, censure, or incivility.
  5. To throw back; to reverberate; to reflect.


  1. A airtight vessel in which material is subjected to high temperatures in the chemical industry or as part of an industrial manufacturing process, especially during the smelting and forging of metal.
  2. A pressure cooker.
  3. A sharp or witty reply, or one which turns an argument against its originator; a comeback.
  4. A flask with a rounded base and a long neck that is bent down and tapered, used to heat a liquid for distillation.

retort frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word retort occurs in english on average 1.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics retort can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that retort can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

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