Definition of witticism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwidəˌsizəm/


A witty remark.
Example sentences
  • The acerbic Australian, equally at home dissecting serious cultural issues and Japanese endurance game shows, will be reading from his new collection of essays and dispensing bons mots, acid witticisms and Antipodean insights.
  • He would start with off-the-cuff remarks and witticisms and gradually improvise a setting in which they could shine.
  • This book is full of aphorisms, bon mots and witticisms, nearly all to do with the absurdity of the world in which we live.
joke, quip, jest, pun, play on words, bon mot
informal one-liner, gag, funny, crack, wisecrack, zinger


1677: coined by Dryden from witty, on the pattern of criticism.

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Syllabification: wit·ti·cism

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