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wist, wit'-i, wot: The verb "to wit" in the King James Version is interchangeable with "to know," and is conjugated with a present "wot," and a past "wist." This inflection is derived from more complicated forms in the older English, and in post-Elizabethan times has become quite obsolete. (But compare the roots in "wisdom," "witness.") "Wit," then, is simply "knowledge," and "witty" is "having knowledge," although the noun and the adjective have become narrowly specialized in modern English (compare the similar evolution of "knowing," in its use as an adjective). Even in Elizabethan English, however, the indicative of "to wit" was becoming displaced by "know," and "wot" and "wist" together occur only 24 times in the King James Version (not at all in Apocrypha). the English Revised Version has retained all the New Testament examples, but in the Old Testament has altered about half the occurrences to "know," but has followed no discoverable rule in so doing ("wot" retained only in Joshua 2:5). the American Standard Revised Version has changed to "know" throughout (Old Testament and New Testament). The infinitive "to wit" is still in use (chiefly in legal formulas) before an apposition, and the King James Version has introduced it rather frequently to clarify a construction (Joshua 17:1 1 Kings 2:32, etc.), and the Revised Version (British and American) has usually retained it (omitted in Joshua 17:1 2 Chronicles 4:12). In the other uses of this inf. (Genesis 24:21 Exodus 2:4) it is replaced by "to know," while the very obsolete expression in 2 Corinthians 8:1, the King James Version "We do you to wit" (i.e. "We cause you to know"; see Do), has become in the Revised Version (British and American) "We make known unto you."

The noun "wit" is found in Psalm 107:27, "at their wits' (the King James Version "wit's") end," for chokhmah, "wisdom," "technical skill"; compare the Revised Version margin "All their wisdom is swallowed up." The meaning is "their skilled seamanship cannot cope with the danger" (the phrase is very commonly misapplied). "Wit" occurs also 1 Esdras 4:26 (dianoia, "mind"); 2 Esdras 5:9 (sensus, here "intelligence"); Sirach 31:20 (psuche, "soul," with the force of "reason").

Witty is found in the King James Version, the Revised Version margin Proverbs 8:12, "witty inventions" (mezimmah, "discretion" (so the Revised Version (British and American)); if "and" is not read in this verse, translate "discrete knowledge"). In Judith 11:23 occurs "witty in thy words" (agathos, "good," here probably = "thou hast spoken sound sense"). The Wisdom of Solomon 8:19 the King James Version has "a witty child," the Revised Version (British and American) "a child of parts," margin "goodly" (euphues, "well grown," "of a good disposition," "clever"). "Wittingly" occurs in Genesis 48:14 (sakhal, "act intelligently").

Burton Scott Easton



791. asteios -- of the town, by impl. courteous, elegant
... Phonetic Spelling: (as-ti'-os) Short Definition: elegant, pretty, fair, fine, beautiful
Definition: (lit: belonging to the city; then: witty, clever), elegant ...
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Strong's Hebrew
4209. mezimmah -- purpose, discretion, device
... wickedly (1). wicked device, discretion, intent, witty invention, lewdness,
mischievous device, thought, wickedly. From zamam; a ...
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On Smart Novelists and the Smart Set
... The aristocrat is not merely to be taller than mortal men and stronger and handsomer,
he is also to be more witty. He is the long man with the short epigram. ...
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Letter xvii. (AD 390. )
... whether it is due to the weakness of your cause, or through the courteousness of
your manners, that you have preferred to show yourself more witty than weighty ...
/.../augustine/the confessions and letters of st/letter xvii a d 390.htm

The Pietists. AD 1660-1750.
... of this period, when characterising the earlier part of the eighteenth century,
says, "There was a time in Germany when no satire could be witty at the expense ...
/.../winkworth/christian singers of germany/chapter xi the pietists a d.htm

Successors of Theodosius the Great. Rufinus, the Prætorian
... His jests were replete with good nature, and he could bear ridicule without manifesting
the least resentment. He was very prompt and witty in his rejoinders. ...
/.../chapter i successors of theodosius the.htm

Impressive Phrases
... maxim, proverb, truism, and apothegm [apothegm = terse, witty, instructive saying].
medley ... amusement. pleasant, jocular, witty, and facetious. ...
/.../kleiser/fifteen thousand useful phrases/section iv impressive phrases.htm

The Sermon that the Reverend Father in Christ
... This is your generation, this is your dispensation, this is your wisdom. In this
generation, in this dispensation, you be most politic, most witty. ...
/.../sermons on the card and other discourses/the sermon that the reverend.htm

The Birth of a Movement.
... John Berridge, the witty yet zealous vicar of Everton, itinerated through the country
and in one year saw not less that four thousand awakened. ...
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Jeremy Taylor -- Christ's Advent to Judgment
... form, however, his most brilliant and most voluminous productions, and fully establish
his claims to the first place among the learned, witty, fanciful, ornate ...
/.../various/the worlds great sermons vol 2/jeremy taylor christs advent.htm

The Folly of Slander. Part 1.
... and bitter zeals sprung up; there is an extreme curiosity, niceness, and delicacy
of judgment: there is a mighty affectation of seeming wise and witty by any ...
/.../barrow/sermons on evil-speaking by isaac barrow/the folly of slander part.htm

And Disputes
... leaves. The story of Hugh's predicament had got wind. The Hereford Canons
wanted to choose the witty Walter Map to be bishop. He ...
/.../marson/hugh bishop of lincoln/chapter vii name disputes.htm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) Possessed of wit; knowing; wise; skillful; judicious; clever; cunning.

2. (n.) Especially, possessing wit or humor; good at repartee; droll; facetious; sometimes, sarcastic; as, a witty remark, poem, and the like.

Witty (1 Occurrence)
... 2. (n.) Especially, possessing wit or humor; good at repartee; droll; facetious;
sometimes, sarcastic; as, a witty remark, poem, and the like. ... WIST, WITTY, WOT. ...
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Wot (10 Occurrences)
... 1. (imp.) of Weet. 2. (pres. sing.) of Wit. 3. (v.) 1st & 3d pers. sing. pres.
Of Wit. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. WIST, WITTY, WOT. ...
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Wist (13 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (v.) Knew. 2. (pp) of Wit. Int. Standard Bible
Encyclopedia. WIST, WITTY, WOT. wist, wit'-i, wot: The ...
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Joke (1 Occurrence)
... 1. (n.) Something said for the sake of exciting a laugh; something witty or sportive
(commonly indicating more of hilarity or humor than jest); a jest; a ...
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Gem (1 Occurrence)
... size, or expressed within brief limits, which is regarded as a gem on account of
its beauty or value, as a small picture, a verse of poetry, a witty or wise ...
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Wittingly (1 Occurrence)

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Ingenious (1 Occurrence)
... 3. (a.) Witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious reply. 4. (a.)
Mental; intellectual. Multi-Version Concordance Ingenious (1 Occurrence). ...
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Inventions (8 Occurrences)
... inventions. (KJV WBS). Proverbs 8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find
out knowledge of witty inventions. (KJV WBS). Proverbs ...
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Retort (1 Occurrence)
... 4. (n.) The return of, or reply to, an argument, charge, censure, incivility,
taunt, or witticism; a quick and witty or severe response. ...
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Brighten (3 Occurrences)
... 4. (v.) To make acute or witty; to enliven. 5. (vi) To grow bright, or more bright;
to become less dark or gloomy; to clear up; to become bright or cheerful. ...
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Bible Concordance
Witty (1 Occurrence)

Proverbs 8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.



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