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Webster 1913 Edition


Witticism

Wit′ti-cism

,
Noun.
[From
Witty
.]
A witty saying; a sentence or phrase which is affectedly witty; an attempt at wit; a conceit.
Milton.
He is full of conceptions, points of epigram, and
witticisms
; all which are below the dignity of heroic verse.
Addison.

Webster 1828 Edition


Witticism

WITTICISM

,
Noun.
[from wit.] A sentence or phrase which is affectedly witty; a low kind of wit.
--He is full of conceptions, points of epigram, and witticisms; all which are below the dignity of heroic verse.

Definition 2022


witticism

witticism

English

Noun

witticism (plural witticisms)

  1. a witty remark
    • 1883: George Eliot, The Essays of George Elliot, chapter 4
      Shock of the witticism is a powerful one; while mere fun will have no power over them if it jar on their moral taste.
    • 2015: Hans Rollman, Freedom of Speech: It’s Complicated, PopMatters
      While the occasional wry witticism seeps through, overall Shipler is painfully conscientious about trying to offer both sides of any debate.

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  • See also Wikisaurus:joke

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