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- n. Witty dialog or response.
- n. In dialog, a retort based on a punning use of another speaker's word or metaphor.
From Latin astĕïsmŏs ("the more refined style of speaking"), from Ancient Greek ἀστείσμός (asteismos) (Wiktionary)
(the transposition of letters in a word), asteismus (a figure of reply; a facetious or mocking answer), and figures of deliberate obscurity (enigma, noema, schematismus) are cited by such