- repartee (n.)
- 1640s, "quick remark," from French repartie "an answering blow or thrust" (originally a fencing term), noun use of fem. past participle of Old French repartir "to reply promptly, start out again," from re- "back" (see re-) + partir "to part, depart, start" (see part (n.)). In 17c. often spelled reparty (see -ee). Meaning "a series of sharp rejoinders exchanged" is from 1680s.
- 1. He is very sharp, a quick thinker and swift with repartee.
- 2. He was acclaimed for his acerbic wit and repartee.
- 3. She was good at repartee.
- 4. This diplomat possessed an excellent gift for repartee.
- 5. He was a brilliant debater and his gift of repartee was celebrated.
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