a witty remark or sentence.

Origin of witticism

1645–55; derivative of witty, modeled on criticism

Synonyms for witticism

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Related Words for witticism

gibe, wisecrack, pun, quip, joke, remark, jest, gag, sally, mot

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British Dictionary definitions for witticism



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

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

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