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witticism

[wit-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈwɪt əˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
a witty remark or sentence.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; derivative of witty, modeled on criticism
Synonyms
joke, jest, quip, sally, wisecrack.
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British Dictionary definitions for witticisms

witticism

/ˈwɪtɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
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 witticisms

witticism

n.

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

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