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Definition of Wit

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

Brevity is the soul of wit. - William Shakespeare
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

Wit must be foiled by wit: cut a diamond with a diamond.
William Congreve

He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it.
James Boswell
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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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