What does the word witticism mean?

Usage examples for witticism

  1. He was so delighted at having discovered within him a hitherto unsuspected vein of humour that he tried again, and won instant recognition of his brilliant talent with the inspired witticism, " Walks about in Varmer Chegwidden's clothes, and says he never stole 'em." – Furze the Cruel by John Trevena
  2. But this particular witticism did not bother her in the least, perhaps because she realized how pat the comparison was. – Then I'll Come Back to You by Larry Evans
  3. If a few men of character indulge in witticism, at once subtle and refined, they are misunderstood; soon, tired of giving without receiving, they remain at home, and leave fools to reign over their territory. – The Thirteen by Honore de Balzac