Retortion - definition of retortion by The Free Dictionary
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re·tor·sion or re·tor·tion (rĭ-tôr′shən)
An act perpetrated by one nation upon another in retaliation or reprisal for a similar act perpetrated by the other nation.
[Probably French rétorsion, from Latin retortus (influenced by Late Latin torsiō, a twisting, wringing), past participle of retorquēre, to cast back; see retort1.]
1. the act of retorting
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a variant spelling of retorsion
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Ali Shamkhani, secretary general of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said in a press statement that Hezbollah's attack on the Israeli army was a retortion
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(69) For this reason one of the basic tools in Lonergan's argument is retortion
, pointing out the performative contradiction between affirming positions contrary to intellectual conversion and the act of affirming them.