Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A witticism; a clever or witty saying; a witty repartee.
- n. Alternative form of bon mot.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A witty repartee; a jest.
- n. a clever remark
“Hatter, wherewith he mitigated the miseries of Jefferson during the debate; and to his familiar bonmot in reply to Harrison's appeal for unanimity: "Yes, we must indeed all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
“The walker I would describe takes no note of distance; his walk is a sally, a bonmot, an unspoken jeu d'esprit; the ground is his butt, his provocation; it furnishes him the resistance his body craves; he rebounds upon it, he glances off and returns again, and uses it gayly as his tool.”
“You have a woful taste, my lady, not to like Lord Gower's bonmot.”
“Some type of NJ/Italian/Jr. College Frat Boy 'get-out-of-jail-card' bonmot [look it up] you think allows you the free pass?”
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By David Foster Wallace
words and phrases with french background commonly used in the german language, so-called "Gallizismen"
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