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[wit-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈwɪt əˌsɪz əm/
a witty remark or sentence.
Origin of witticism
1645-55; derivative of witty, modeled on criticism
joke, jest, quip, sally, wisecrack. Unabridged
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  • After her departure there was still the attempt to keep up the ancient fire of witticism, and "la la la la!"

    Fifth Avenue Arthur Bartlett Maurice
  • And deriving much comfort from this witticism, she went on her way.

  • Sometimes the listeners smiled at some witticism, but most of the time they were interested in a sober way.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • He ought to have joined in the laugh, and rewarded Archy on the spot for so good a witticism.

    Charles I Jacob Abbott
  • Heine forgot that in another place he had uttered this witticism in his own name.

  • Aunt Agathe, always ready with a witticism, risked several jokes.

    The Flood Emile Zola
  • A roar of unrestrained laughter went up at this witticism, and the orator had some ado to master his wrath.

    Captain Calamity Rolf Bennett
  • He thought this was a capital joke, and followed his witticism with a laugh.

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • His huge chest, padded with fat, shook with merriment at his own witticism.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • That witticism on poor Kopovski was repeated throughout Warsaw.

    Children of the Soil Henryk Sienkiewicz
British Dictionary definitions for witticism


a clever or witty remark
Word Origin
C17: from witty; coined by Dryden (1677) by analogy with criticism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for witticism

1670s, coined by Dryden from witty on model of criticism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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