wit
I. verb (wist; witting; present first & third singular wot) Etymology: Middle English witen (1st & 3d singular present wot, past wiste), from Old English witan (1st & 3d singular present wāt, past wisse, wiste); akin to Old High German wizzan to know, Latin vidēre to see, Greek eidenai to know, idein to see Date: before 12th century 1. archaic know 2. archaic to come to know ; learn II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German wizzi knowledge, Old English witan to know Date: before 12th century 1. a. mind, memory b. reasoning power ; intelligence 2. a. sense 2a — usually used in plural <
alone and warming his five wits, the white owl in the belfry sits — Alfred Tennyson
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b. (1) mental soundness ; sanity — usually used in plural (2) mental capability and resourcefulness ; ingenuity 3. a. astuteness of perception or judgment ; acumen b. the ability to relate seemingly disparate things so as to illuminate or amuse c. (1) a talent for banter or persiflage (2) a witty utterance or exchange d. clever or apt humor 4. a. a person of superior intellect ; thinker b. an imaginatively perceptive and articulate individual especially skilled in banter or persiflage Synonyms: wit, humor, irony, sarcasm, satire, repartee mean a mode of expression intended to arouse amusement. wit suggests the power to evoke laughter by remarks showing verbal felicity or ingenuity and swift perception especially of the incongruous <
a playful wit
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. humor implies an ability to perceive the ludicrous, the comical, and the absurd in human life and to express these usually without bitterness <
a sense of humor
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. irony applies to a manner of expression in which the intended meaning is the opposite of what is seemingly expressed <
the irony of the title
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. sarcasm applies to expression frequently in the form of irony that is intended to cut or wound <
given to heartless sarcasm
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. satire applies to writing that exposes or ridicules conduct, doctrines, or institutions either by direct criticism or more often through irony, parody, or caricature <
a satire on the Congress
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. repartee implies the power of answering quickly, pointedly, or wittily <
a dinner guest noted for repartee
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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