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repartee (ˌrɛpɑːˈtiː



  1. a sharp, witty, or aphoristic remark made as a reply
  2. terse rapid conversation consisting of such remarks
  3. skill in making sharp witty replies or conversation

Word Origin

C17: from French repartie, from repartir to retort, from re- + partir to go away

Example Sentences Including 'repartee'

Luister composed koans and irreverent poems in Moksha out of duty only, because he was challenged to keep up a certain level of repartee.
Zindell, David The Broken God
Whatever his ability at repartee , his presentation of his paper was deadly.
Lyall, Francis A Death in Time
He liked being kept on his toes, and Sarah, poor cow, was not the world's most scintillating mistress of repartee.
Murray, Stephen Death and Transfiguration


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