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wit·ti·cism

 (wĭt′ĭ-sĭz′əm)
n.
A witty remark. See Synonyms at joke.

[Blend of witty and criticism.]

witticism

(ˈwɪtɪˌsɪzəm)
n
a clever or witty remark
[C17: from witty; coined by Dryden (1677) by analogy with criticism]

wit•ti•cism

(ˈwɪt əˌsɪz əm)

n.
a witty remark or sentence; jest; quip.
[1645–55; derivative of witty, modeled on criticism]

witticism

a remark or expression characterized by cleverness in perception and choice of words.
See also: Language
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.witticism - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughterwitticism - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
jeu d'esprit - a witty comment or writing
bon mot, mot - a clever remark
esprit de l'escalier - a witty remark that occurs to you too late
pungency, bite - wit having a sharp and caustic quality; "he commented with typical pungency"; "the bite of satire"
caustic remark, irony, sarcasm, satire - witty language used to convey insults or scorn; "he used sarcasm to upset his opponent"; "irony is wasted on the stupid"; "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own"--Jonathan Swift
repartee - adroitness and cleverness in reply
gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh - a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; "he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
caricature, impersonation, imitation - a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
cartoon, sketch - a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine
fun, sport, play - verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport"
ribaldry - ribald humor
topper - an exceedingly good witticism that surpasses all that have gone before
libation - (facetious) a serving of an alcoholic beverage
roaster - a harsh or humorous critic (sometimes intended as a facetious compliment); "the honoree gave his roasters as good as he got"

witticism

noun quip, sally, pun, one-liner (slang), riposte, pleasantry, repartee, epigram, play on words, bon mot, clever remark, witty remark This witticism produced a burst of raucous laughter.

witticism

noun
Words or actions intended to excite laughter or amusement:
Informal: funny, gag.
Slang: ha-ha.
Translations
مُلْحَه، لَطيفَه
vittighed
bon motmot d’esprit
szellemes megjegyzés
fyndni, hnyttni
duchaplnosť

witticism

[ˈwɪtɪsɪzəm] Ndicho m ingenioso, agudeza f, ocurrencia f

witticism

[ˈwɪtɪsɪzəm] nmot m d'esprit

witticism

witticism

[ˈwɪtɪˌsɪzm] narguzia

wit

(wit) noun
1. humour; the ability to express oneself in an amusing way. His plays are full of wit; I admire his wit.
2. a person who expresses himself in a humorous way, tells jokes etc. He's a great wit.
3. common sense, inventiveness etc. He did not have the wit to defend himself.
ˈwitless adjective
crazy, stupid etc.
-witted
having understanding or intelligence of a certain kind. quick-/sharp-witted.
ˈwitticism (-sizəm) noun
a witty remark etc.
ˈwitty adjective
clever and amusing. a witty person; witty remarks.
ˈwittily adverb
ˈwittiness noun
at one's wits' end
utterly confused and desperate.
keep one's wits about one
to be cautious, alert and watchful.
live by one's wits
to live by cunning rather than by hard work.
(frighten/scare) out of one's wits
(to frighten) (almost) to the point of madness. The sight of the gun in his hand scared me out of my wits.
References in classic literature ?
after his name, and that he, Raffles, originated the witticism of calling that celebrated principal Ba-Lamb.
He had a brother living near by who was unlike him in respect of all this, and it was a current witticism in the neighborhood that John had inherited his disposition from his uncle.
He sat quietly, with a sardonic expression on his gaunt face, and spoke only when the opportunity occurred to throw in a witticism.
blowed,' or to insert his head in a sack, or replying with some other neatly-turned witticism of a similar kind, the happy application of which, excited considerable admiration in the mind of Mr.
After simpering in a small way, like one whose modesty prohibited a more open expression of his admiration of a witticism that was perfectly unintelligible to his hearers, he continued, "It is not prudent for any one of my profession to be too familiar with those he has to instruct; for which reason I follow not the line of the army; besides which, I conclude that a gentleman of your character has the best judgment in matters of wayfaring; I have, therefore, decided to join company, in order that the ride may be made agreeable, and partake of social communion.
This was a savage witticism the men had, which Jurgis had to have explained to him.
It was portentous however that they did not laugh aloud, for the brute's act constituted a side-splitting witticism according to the ethics which rule green Martian humor.
On the whole, she was rather pleased than otherwise, that Antonio could receive and return what was evidently intended for a witticism, although as yet she did not comprehend it.
They received his witticism with a piercing shriek of laughter.
screamed Polly, and added his stereotype witticism.
You know that your witticisms are not witty, but you are evidently well satisfied with their literary value.
Darcy; the latter of whom, however, could not be prevailed on to join in their censure of HER, in spite of all Miss Bingley's witticisms on FINE EYES.