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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 ?
Merriman, a pretty, vivacious little woman in the thirties; her husband, a jovial fellow, something of a shallow-pate, who laughed a good deal at other people's witticisms, and had thereby made himself extremely popular.
It was pleasant in the summer forenoons -- when the fervent heat, that almost liquefied the rest of the human family, merely communicated a genial warmth to their half torpid systems -- it was pleasant to hear them chatting in the back entry, a row of them all tipped against the wall, as usual; while the frozen witticisms of past generations were thawed out, and came bubbling with laughter from their lips.
Jennings, indeed, were not so nice; their witticisms added pain to many a painful hour;-- but one evening, Mrs.
The witticisms with which Jane unsuspectingly enlivened the pages of the Recording Angel were conclusive on this point.
Here is Don Kyrieleison of Montalvan, a valiant knight, and his brother Thomas of Montalvan, and the knight Fonseca, with the battle the bold Tirante fought with the mastiff, and the witticisms of the damsel Placerdemivida, and the loves and wiles of the widow Reposada, and the empress in love with the squire Hipolito- in truth, gossip, by right of its style it is the best book in the world.
You know that your witticisms are not witty, but you are evidently well satisfied with their literary value.
He laughed, launched out into witticisms, and, finally, resolved the riddle of his transports by informing us that in a week's time it would be his Petinka's birthday, when, in honour of the occasion, he (the father) meant to don a new jacket (as well as new shoes which his wife was going to buy for him), and to come and pay a visit to his son.
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.
This man, who had remained immovable as bronze when menaced by the mob -- not a muscle of whose face was stirred, either at Mazarin's witticisms or by the jests of the multitude -- seemed to the cardinal a peculiar being, who, having participated in past events similar to those now occurring, was calculated to cope with those now on the eve of taking place.
Her visitors, coming in often while Newman sat there, found a tall, lean, silent man in a half-lounging attitude, who laughed out sometimes when no one had meant to be droll, and remained grave in the presence of calculated witticisms, for appreciation of which he had apparently not the proper culture.
Several of the great continental 'powers' still retain their 'fools,' who wore motley, with caps and bells, and who were expected to be always ready with sharp witticisms, at a moment's notice, in consideration of the crumbs that fell from the royal table.
And, in fact, Bilibin's witticisms were hawked about in the Viennese drawing rooms and often had an influence on matters considered important.