Witticism Wit"ti*cism, n. [From {Witty}.] A witty saying; a sentence or phrase which is affectedly witty; an attempt at wit; a conceit. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

He is full of conceptions, points of epigram, and witticisms; all which are below the dignity of heroic verse. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(made by one who affects wit), , , , ,

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  • witticism — 1670s, coined by Dryden from WITTY (Cf. witty) on model of criticism …   Etymology dictionary

  • witticism — *joke, jest, jape, quip, wisecrack, crack, gag Analogous words: *wit, humor, sarcasm, satire, irony, repartee …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • witticism — ► NOUN ▪ a witty remark …   English terms dictionary

  • witticism — [wit′ə siz΄əm] n. [< WITTY + ISM, modeled on ANGLICISM, CRITICISM] a witty remark …   English World dictionary

  • witticism — UK [ˈwɪtɪˌsɪz(ə)m] / US [ˈwɪtɪˌsɪzəm] noun [countable] Word forms witticism : singular witticism plural witticisms a clever and funny remark …   English dictionary

  • witticism — [[t]wɪ̱tɪsɪzəm[/t]] witticisms N COUNT A witticism is a witty remark or joke. [FORMAL] Syn: quip …   English dictionary

  • witticism — noun Etymology: witty + cism (as in criticism) Date: 1651 a cleverly witty and often biting or ironic remark …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • witticism — /wit euh siz euhm/, n. a witty remark or sentence. [1645 55; deriv. of WITTY, modeled on criticism] Syn. joke, jest, quip, sally, wisecrack. * * * …   Universalium

  • witticism — noun /ˈwɪ.tɪ.sɪz.əm/ a witty remark …   Wiktionary

  • witticism — Synonyms and related words: adage, ana, analects, aphorism, apothegm, axiom, bon mot, boutade, bright idea, bright thought, brilliant idea, byword, catchword, collected sayings, conceit, crack, current saying, dictate, dictum, distich, drollery,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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