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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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Examples from the web for witticism
  • It is easy to guess the character of the witticism by the kind of reaction that wit exerts on the hearer.
  • When they were introduced, he made a witticism, hoping to be liked.
  • There the swells would sip martinis, intone the odd witticism or inanity and occasionally commit some headline indiscretion.
  • But it was his shrewd witticism he made while performing his tricks, that won him fame and fortune.
  • His shrewd witticism he made while performing his roping tricks, won him fame and fortune.
  • He would dismiss a dangerous motion with a witticism so apt that the mover himself would join in the laugh, and give it up.
British Dictionary definitions for witticism


a clever or witty remark
Word Origin
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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