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Word: repartee

Definition: quick clever reply


Sentences Containing 'repartee'

"Comments from 1911 Britannica:" Scarcely inferior to "The Country Wife" is "The Plain Dealer" — a play of which Voltaire said, ""Je ne connais point de comédie chez les anciens ni chez les modernes où il y ait autant d'esprit."" ("I know not of a single comedy of either the ancients or the moderns where there is so much wit.") This comedy had an immense influence, as regards manipulation of dialogue, upon all subsequent English comedies of repartee, and he who wants to trace the ancestry of Tony Lumpkin and Mrs Hardcastle (in "She Stoops to Conquer" by Oliver Goldsmith) has only to turn to Jerry Blackacre and his mother, while Manly (for whom Wycherley's early patron, the Duke of Montausier, sat), though he is perhaps overdone, has dominated this kind of stage character ever since.
I do not mean that any beggar in the streets of London could earn 700 pounds a year--which is less than my average takings--but I had exceptional advantages in my power of making up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by practice and made me quite a recognised character in the City.
No recorded date of birth is known yet but this prominent and lovable companion of the prophet died in 652 CE In spite of the fact that he fought in the battles of Badr, Uhud, Khandaq and other major encounters, an-Nuayman remained a light-hearted person who was quick at repartee and who loved to play practical jokes on others.

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