Many words have a similar dotonation, or dictionary definition, but differ in their connotation, the ideas a word suggests beyond its definition. For example, answer and reply are neutral in connotation. On the other hand, while both repartee and retort can be defined as "a witty reply", they differ in their connotation. Someone might compliment you by saying, "You are well known for your repartee," meaning you make witty "comebacks in conversation. You might be less pleased to hear "You are known for your retorts," for you are being told that your replies in argument are sharp and often turn an opponents words against him or her.