American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A witty remark. See Synonyms at joke.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A witty sentence, phrase, or remark; an observation characterized by wit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A witty saying; a sentence or phrase which is affectedly witty; an attempt at wit; a conceit.
- n. a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
- wit + -icism; coined in the 1670s by John Dryden, in analogy with criticism. (Wiktionary)
- Blend of witty and criticism. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You try to pass off a witticism from a film everyone on this planet, except members of hunter-gatherer tribes in the high plateaus of New Guinea and the Amish, have seen?”
“First of all, with his interlocutors themselves, when his witticism is a direct retort to one of them.”
“While Black Russell was answering Jeff Probst's question about his tribemates, Ben interrupted with the "witticism": "Jeff, I've never read that book: Things Losers Say.”
“If you are about to say what I think you are… some sort of feeble inane 'witticism' like 'may the farts be with you', then I strongly recommend you think again, or I'll beat you to a pulp.”
“For every "witticism" compiled by Media Matters, analogous screeds could be pointed out by right-wing blogs.”
“But this isn't a joke (as Eugene notes by calling it a "witticism").”
“And, by the way, I think the quote — "Probably the strongest experience I have in foreign relations is the fact I spent four years overseas when I was a child in Southeast Asia" — was meant as a kind of witticism, a play on the words "foreign relations.”
“Thus, I can hardly claim to be wholly enraged by Megamayor's latest "witticism," which promises to really piss off the IOC: "Why the hell would I want to go to a place like Mombassa," Mayor Mel Lastman said to a freelance journalist before leaving for a trip to Kenya to pitch the Toronto Olympic bid.”
““shock” of the witticism is a powerful one; while mere fun will have no power over them if it jar on their moral taste.”
“ An example of these amusing and confusing contentions is the popular -- I might almost say classic -- witticism which is often resurrected at the expense of _Punch_.”
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