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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 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.
They don't waste anything here," said the guide, and then he laughed and added a witticism, which he was pleased that his unsophisticated friends should take to be his own: "They use everything about the hog except the squeal.
Aunt Chloe sat back in her chair, and indulged in a hearty guffaw of laughter, at this witticism of young Mas'r's, laughing till the tears rolled down her black, shining cheeks, and varying the exercise with playfully slapping and poking Mas'r Georgey, and telling him to go way, and that he was a case--that he was fit to kill her, and that he sartin would kill her, one of these days; and, between each of these sanguinary predictions, going off into a laugh, each longer and stronger than the other, till George really began to think that he was a very dangerously witty fellow, and that it became him to be careful how he talked "as funny as he could.
The extraordinarily close resemblance of the brothers to each other suggested a witticism to Tom Driscoll, and just as the chairman began a speech he skipped forward and said, with an air of tipsy confidence, to the audience:
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.
He had a word for everybody; and, turning rapidly from one to another, gave utterance to some hasty witticism, which was sure to be followed by peals of laughter.
At first he stared at me as if he found it impossible to comprehend the witticism of my remark; but as its point seemed slowly to make its way into his brain, his eyes, in the same proportion, seemed protruding from their sockets.
The witticism which will inspire this evening is as yet in Mr Todd's pretty reticent intellect, or locked in the jewelled bosoms of our city's gayest leaders; but there is talk of a pretty parody of the simple manners and customs at the other end of Society's scale.
He sat quietly, with a sardonic expression on his gaunt face, and spoke only when the opportunity occurred to throw in a witticism.
after his name, and that he, Raffles, originated the witticism of calling that celebrated principal Ba-Lamb.
They received his witticism with a piercing shriek of laughter.