witticism

[ wit-uh-siz-uhm ]
/ ˈwɪt əˌsɪz əm /

noun

a witty remark or sentence.

Origin of witticism

1645–55; derivative of witty, modeled on criticism
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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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