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Definition of Wit


  1. of Wit
  2. To know; to learn.
  3. Mind; intellect; understanding; sense.
  4. A mental faculty, or power of the mind; -- used in this sense chiefly in the plural, and in certain phrases; as, to lose one's wits; at one's wits' end, and the like.
  5. Felicitous association of objects not usually connected, so as to produce a pleasant surprise; also. the power of readily combining objects in such a manner.
  6. A person of eminent sense or knowledge; a man of genius, fancy, or humor; one distinguished for bright or amusing sayings, for repartee, and the like.

Wit Quotations

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. - William Shakespeare
Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
William Shakespeare

I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do.
Maya Angelou

Brevity is the soul of wit.
William Shakespeare

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
Thomas Jefferson

I appreciate simplicity, true beauty that lasts over time, and a little wit and eclecticism that make life more fun.
Elliott Erwitt
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Wit Translations

wit in Dutch is spriet, boegspriet
wit in German is Verstand, Witz
wit in Italian is giudizio
wit in Latin is sal, lepor lepos
wit in Portuguese is sagacidade
wit in Swedish is vett, kvickhet, kvickhuvud
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