jeu d'esprit

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Borrowed from French jeu d'esprit (game of the spirit).


jeu d'esprit (plural jeux d'esprit)

  1. A witticism; a witty comment or composition.
    • 1988, William Manchester, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill (volume 2, page 506)
      "There is a jeu d'esprit that Frenchmen tell — though only to one another — of how, when God created the earth, he wanted one perfect place, so he made France. Then, seeing what he had done, he decided he had gone too far, so he made Frenchmen."