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words or actions intended to excite laughter or amusement

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He had a brother living near by who was unlike him in respect of all this, and it was a current witticism in the neighborhood that John had inherited his disposition from his uncle.
He sat quietly, with a sardonic expression on his gaunt face, and spoke only when the opportunity occurred to throw in a witticism. He liked a butt and was most cheerful when someone was there on whom he could exercise his sarcasm.
'blowed,' or to insert his head in a sack, or replying with some other neatly-turned witticism of a similar kind, the happy application of which, excited considerable admiration in the mind of Mr.
"Even so," returned the stranger, nothing daunted by this cold reception; "I have tarried at 'Edward' a week, and I should be dumb not to have inquired the road I was to journey; and if dumb there would be an end to my calling." After simpering in a small way, like one whose modesty prohibited a more open expression of his admiration of a witticism that was perfectly unintelligible to his hearers, he continued, "It is not prudent for any one of my profession to be too familiar with those he has to instruct; for which reason I follow not the line of the army; besides which, I conclude that a gentleman of your character has the best judgment in matters of wayfaring; I have, therefore, decided to join company, in order that the ride may be made agreeable, and partake of social communion."
This was a savage witticism the men had, which Jurgis had to have explained to him.
It was portentous however that they did not laugh aloud, for the brute's act constituted a side-splitting witticism according to the ethics which rule green Martian humor.
On the whole, she was rather pleased than otherwise, that Antonio could receive and return what was evidently intended for a witticism, although as yet she did not comprehend it.
They received his witticism with a piercing shriek of laughter.
ha!" screamed Polly, and added his stereotype witticism. "Come, let us be men!"
Veteran funnyman Vic Reeves will be serving up a few witticisms with resident brainbox Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, while regular Countdown maths whizz Rachel Riley will once again be sorting out the numbers and letters.
Through a child's example, we learn how God nurtures us with his infinitesimal patience." This easy-to-read, often hilarious narrative, uses cartoons, witticisms, anecdotes, quotes, and Scripture study to bring home these truths.
The BBC Four film has become one of the most talked about pop docs in years, in part due to the Spinal Tap-like witticisms of Matt and Luke Goss.
Riffing on Homer's Odyssey and William Wordworth's I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, the lines open up into something far great than witticisms. This is clear to anyone who spent days under the spell of limitless free music on Spotify, while imbibing deathly doses of interstitial advertising.
"His grasp of folk wisdom, his thoughtful lyrics, sagacious witticisms and mastery of the art of entertaining through music will continue to inspire and impact generations to come," he added.
His books, essays, journals, poems, letters, and unpublished manuscripts contain an inexhaustible treasure of epigrams and witticisms, from the famous ("The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation") to the obscure ("Who are the estranged?