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jeu d'esprit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jeu d'esprit a witty comment or writing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jeu d'esprit A witticism.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., play of mind

Usage

In literature:

This jeu d'esprit took its rise one day at dinner at our friend Sir Joshua Reynolds's.
"Life of Johnson" by James Boswell
Tous les gens d'esprit aiment le jeu a la fureur.
"Minna von Barnhelm" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
And such speeches are apt to linger in the mind long after the most brilliant jeu d'esprit has been forgotten.
"The Last Hope" by Henry Seton Merriman
The simplest little jeu d'esprit of mine seemed to him wonderfully witty.
"The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII) Old Portraits, Modern Sketches, Personal Sketches and Tributes, Historical Papers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The simplest little jeu d'esprit of mine seemed to him wonderfully witty.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Rabelais, a jeu d'esprit, 352.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction." by Various
Jeu d'esprit in verse, 152.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
HERMIPPUS REDIVIVUS, a curious jeu-d'-esprit, i.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
The following jeu d'esprit is peculiarly in character with Dr. Franklin.
"The Life of Benjamin Franklin" by Mason Locke Weems
It is a very whimsical and well devised jeu d'esprit.
"A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee." by Davy Crockett
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In poetry:

The price of stocks, the auction sales,
The poet's song and the lover's glee,
The horrible murders, the seaboard gales,
The marriage list, and the jeu d'esprit,
All reach my ear in the self-same tone,—
I shudder at each, but the fiend reads on!
"The Demon Of The Study" by John Greenleaf Whittier