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jeu d'esprit

[zhœ des-pree] /ʒœ dɛsˈpri/
plural jeux d'esprit
[zhœ des-pree] /ʒœ dɛsˈpri/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
a witticism.
2.
a literary work showing keen wit or intelligence rather than profundity.
Origin
literally, play of spirit
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jeu d'esprit

/ʒø dɛspri/
noun (pl) jeux d'esprit (ʒø dɛspri)
1.
a light-hearted display of wit or cleverness, esp in literature
Word Origin
literally: play of spirit
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