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Definition of Respond

  RESPOND   verb, intransitive
To make answer, or disclose otherwise a consciousness of having inspired an interest in what Herbert Spencer calls 'external coexistences,' as Satan 'squat like a toad' at the ear of Eve, responded to the touch of the angel's spear.  To respond in damages is to contribute to the maintenance of the plaintiff's attorney and, incidentally, to the gratification of the plaintiff.

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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