"I was meant to protect her." "You protected others." "But not her," he remarked. The dialogue is from my MS. (dialogue tags have been omitted except for the one in question since I think it led to some confusion that I was inserting tags to all dialogue lines!) I found myself using way too many adverbs and thought to use "remark" instead of "said bitterly" - but is this correct usage of "remark"? Or perhaps would "retort" be more accurate? Help! Note: I did use a dictionary, but unfortunately it does not tell me the tone with which one might make a remark, though I do gouge that it is usually used when someone makes a negative or snide comment.