Definition of witticism
: a cleverly witty and often biting or ironic remark
Examples of witticism in a Sentence
a collection of famous witticisms
a drama critic who is best remembered for his biting witticisms
Recent Examples of witticism from the Web
Yogi Berra was famous for uttering pithy, off-the-cuff malapropisms, little witticisms that were seemingly contradictory, but also somehow wise.
Scott, for instance, is a dandy tap dancer, but muffles most of Puck’s witticisms.
Johnson, back in his comfort zone, was then unleashed into a series of morning interviews, reciting a ricocheting volley of witticisms.
H. L. Mencken once said that nobody ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the American people, and that witticism, the attitude behind it, has held true for the establishment.
Remarkable people were in Rose’s orbit, too, and Mr. Dixon delivers enjoyable impersonations of Katharine Hepburn, Noël Coward and Richard Burton — not to mention Rose himself, brought to life in song, dance and witticism.
Franklin even went so far as to print his own almanack, under a pseudonym that was known to everyone, to ensure that everyone could have access to his maxims, witticisms, and cartoons.
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Origin and Etymology of witticism
witty + -cism (as in criticism)
First Known Use: 1651See Words from the same year
WITTICISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of witticism for English Language Learners
: a clever or funny remark
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