One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plaintiff's reply to the defendant's rejoinder.
refutation, denial, disproving, counter-argument, countering, invalidation, negation, contradictionView synonyms
- ‘In our examination of the voluminous pleas, replications, rejoinders, and surrejoinders, we have been unable to find any other, either tendered or accepted.’
- ‘Each of these objections, rebuttals, rejoinders, and surrejoinders is in itself admirable, and does infinite credit to the acuteness and candour of the author.’
- ‘In its surrejoinder the defendant recalls that the charges against the complainant have been proved.’
- ‘In its surrejoinders the Organisation reiterates its objections to receivability.’
Mid 16th century: from sur- ‘in addition’ + rejoinder.
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