Definition of witticism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈwɪtɪsɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪtɪsɪzəm//
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a clever and amusing remark He was roaring with laughter at his own witticism. This witticism reduced both of them to helpless laughter. Word Origin1677: coined by Dryden from witty, on the pattern of criticism.Word Familywit nounwitty adjectivewitticism nounoutwit verb
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