witticism

[ wit-uh-siz-uhm ]
/ ˈwɪt əˌsɪz əm /

noun

a witty remark or sentence.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. witter,
  2. wittgenstein,
  3. wittgenstein, ludwig,
  4. wittgenstein, ludwig josef johann,
  5. wittgensteinian,
  6. witting,
  7. wittingly,
  8. wittol,
  9. witty,
  10. witwatersrand

Origin of witticism

1645–55; derivative of witty, modeled on criticism

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British Dictionary definitions for witticism

witticism

/ (ˈwɪtɪˌsɪzəm) /

noun

a clever or witty remark

Word Origin for witticism

C17: from witty; coined by Dryden (1677) by analogy with criticism

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Word Origin and History for witticism

witticism

n.

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

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