wit·​ti·​cism | \ ˈwi-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce witticism (audio) \

Definition of witticism

: a cleverly witty and often biting or ironic remark

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Examples of witticism in a Sentence

a collection of famous witticisms a drama critic who is best remembered for his biting witticisms
Recent Examples on the Web Television was now beginning to recycle what was left of a brilliant era of earlier 20th-century witticism. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 6 Apr. 2022 Following Miss Anthony’s address, Rev. Anna Shaw of Philadelphia was introduced, and for an hour the audience was spellbound under her rapid delivery of logic and witticism. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2022 That's what passes for a sardonic witticism when the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the closure of countless barbershops and hair and nail salons across the country. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2020 His defense turned less on evidence than on a stream of witticisms that enchanted the Parisian public. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 11 May 2020 The brothers, who originally came from Morocco, remained steady fixtures throughout, greeting me on my way to work, dispensing witticisms and advice, and peppering me with questions about a succession of American presidents. Liz Alderman, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2020 Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery are all set to return to their lacy ruffles with more cutting witticisms. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 7 Aug. 2019 That witticism, now canonized as an American proverb, proved false in regards to the magazine the artist founded a half-century ago. Vogue, 30 Oct. 2019 The late journalist’s career and witticisms are smoothly encapsulated by veteran documentarian Janice Engel’s slick feature. Dennis Harvey, chicagotribune.com, 12 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of witticism

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for witticism

witty + -cism (as in criticism)

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13 Apr 2022

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“Witticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witticism. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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