- a witty remark or sentence.
Origin of witticism
1645–55; derivative of witty, modeled on criticism
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Examples from the Web for witticism
This was apparently a witticism; at any rate, it elicited roars of laughter.The Village Watch-Tower
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Aunt Agathe, always ready with a witticism, risked several jokes.The Flood
Urbanity he practised, not with jest and witticism, but by the courtesy of his demeanour.Agesilaus
A grin of self-approval at his own witticism closed this speech.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
And deriving much comfort from this witticism, she went on her way.
- a clever or witty remark
C17: from witty; coined by Dryden (1677) by analogy with criticism
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Word Origin and History for witticism
1670s, coined by Dryden from witty on model of criticism.
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