Definition of retortion in English:

retortion

Line breaks: re|tor¦tion
Pronunciation: /rɪˈtɔːʃ(ə)n/

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noun

[mass noun]
  • (In international law) retaliation by a state on another’s subjects.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'bending or turning backwards'): from retort1, perhaps on the pattern of contortion.

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