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retortion (n.)

"act of turning or bending backward," 1590s, from Medieval Latin retortionem (nominative retortio), noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin retorquere "turn back, twist back, throw back," from re- "back" (see re-) + torquere "to twist" (from PIE root *terkw- "to twist"). Also retorsion (1640s).

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