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rejoinder (noun) retort; strong, critical or amusing reply; a counter joke.
A strong reply to a rude remark, comment or behavior, is a rejoinder. If someone makes a comment on you and you hit back by giving a strong, serious or amusing reply, it is a rejoinder.
- The opposition issued a rejoinder to the government charge that the opposition was obstructing the government's welfare programs by arguing that the government was neglecting more important measures in the name of welfare measures.
- Charles's rejoinder to John's claim that he was an innocent man was that a really innocent man could not be aware of his innocence.