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witticism (n.)

1670s, coined by Dryden (as wittycism) from witty on model of criticism.

"That every witticism is an inexact thought: that what is perfectly true is imperfectly witty ...." [Walter Savage Landor, "Imaginary Conversations"]

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Definitions of witticism from WordNet

witticism (n.)
a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter;
Synonyms: wit / humor / humour / wittiness
From wordnet.princeton.edu

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