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A humorous play on word; "I do it for the pun of it"; "his constant punning irritated her" [syn: punning, wordplay, paronomasia] v: make a play on word; "Japanese like to pun--their language is well suited to punning


A cutting, often-ironic remark intended to wound. 2.A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule.


a. The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.
b. An expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning.
c. A literary style employing such contrasts for humorous or rhetorical effect. See Synonyms at wit1.


A literary or artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of an author or a work for comic effect or ridicule. See Synonyms at caricature. The genre of literature comprising such works. Something so bad as to be equivalent to intentional mockery; a travesty: The trial was a parody of justice. 3. Music. The practice of reworking an already established composition, especially the incorporation into the Mass of material borrowed from other works, such as motets or madrigals.


The natural ability to perceive and understand; intelligence.
1. a. Keenness and quickness of perception or discernment; ingenuity. Often used in the plural: living by one's wits. b. Wits Sound mental faculties; sanity: scared out of my wits.
2. a. The ability to perceive and express in an ingeniously humorous manner the relationship between seemingly incongruous or disparate things. b. One noted for this ability, especially one skilled in repartee. c. A person of exceptional intelligence.


A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect


1. a. A literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit. 2. Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly, vice, or stupidity. 3. n : witty language used to convey insults or scorn; "he used sarcasm to upset his opponent"; "irony is wasted on the stupid";


1. a. A light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect. b. The branch of literature constituting such works. c. The broad or spirited humor characteristic of such works. 2. A ludicrous, empty show; a mockery: The fixed election was a farce. 3.To pad (a speech, for example) with jokes or witticisms.


1. A disclosure or statement that is less than complete. 2. Restraint or lack of emphasis in expression, as for rhetorical effect. 3. Restraint in artistic expression


1. A play on words, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words.


1. A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound. 2. A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule. 3. The use of sarcasm. See Synonyms at wit1.

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