witticism

  • 1 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… …

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

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

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  • 4 witticism — ► NOUN ▪ a witty remark …

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

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

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

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

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  • 9 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. * * * …

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

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  • 11 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,… …

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  • 12 witticism — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. jest, quirk, quibble; see joke 2 , pun . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. clever remark, witty remark, bon mot, quip, wisecrack, crack, *one liner, joke, pun, retort, riposte …

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  • 13 witticism — wit|ti|cis|m [ˈwıtısızəm] n a clever amusing remark …

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  • 14 witticism — wit|ti|cism [ wıtı,sızəm ] noun count a clever and funny remark …

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  • 15 witticism — wit·ti·cism || wɪtɪsɪzÉ™m n. clever or witty remark …

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  • 16 witticism — noun a witty remark. Origin 1677: coined by John Dryden from witty, on the pattern of criticism …

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  • 17 witticism — n. Joke (made by one who affects wit), jest, conceit, quip, quirk, crank …

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  • 18 witticism — noun (C) a clever amusing remark …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 witticism — noun the publisher asked her to put some of her witticisms in a weekly feature Syn: joke, quip, jest, pun, play on words, bon mot; informal one liner, gag, funny, crack, wisecrack, zinger …

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  • 20 witticism — n 1. witty remark, clever or bright saying, flash of wit, bon mot, Sl. one liner, Sl. a good one; quip, jest, joke, Sl. gag; pun, play on words, conceit, crank, epigram; gibe, jab, poke, cut, fling, Inf. wisecrack, Sl. crack, Sl. shot, Sl. dig,… …

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