325 adjectives to describe wit
And they lie still, they have so little wit: I marvel the warrener will suffer it; Nay, nay, they are so bad, that they themselves Do give consent to catch these pretty elves.
For they were chanting his dirge in anapaests, with much mopping and mouthing: "Pour forth your laments, your sorrow declare, Let the sounds of grief rise high in the air: For he that is dead had a wit most keen, Was bravest of all that on earth have been.
Still Grace was beautiful and attractive; and though she wondered where her cousin, in general so simple and unpretending, had acquired all those stores of thought, that, in the abandon and freedom of such a fête, escaped her in rich profusion, embellished with ready allusions and a brilliant though chastened wit, her generous and affectionate heart could permit her to wonder without envying.
Meanwhile, the Spectator, whom we regard as our Shelter from that flood of false wit and impertinence which was breaking in upon us, is in every one's hands; and a constant topic for our morning conversation at tea-tables and coffee-houses.
For some moments Henshaw did not speak; indeed, it was probable that the unexpected success of his search for Edith Morristonfor such doubtless was his objecthad so disagreeably startled him, that he was unable to pull those sharp wits of his together at once.
'The development of the intrigue by dialogue and action was left to the native wit of the several players,' writes J.A. Symonds in his excellent and most scholarly introduction prefacing Carlo Gozzi's Memoirs.
You must know," added he, "that the people of the moon, however irrational themselves, are very prompt in perceiving the absurdities of others: and this lively wit, who, as you see, wants neither parts nor address, acts as strangely as the wretch he has been ridiculing.
As shades more sweetly recommend the light, So modest plainness sets off sprightly wit.
I thank the good Saint Wilfred that he hath given me a pretty wit.
" This marriage could not but draw the raillery of contemporary wits upon a man who had just been wishing, in his new book, "that we might procreate, like trees, without conjunction," and had lately declared , that "the whole world was made for man, but only the twelfth part of man for woman;" and, that "man is the whole world, but woman only the rib or crooked part of man.
The superior tone of John Effingham, his caustic wit and knowledge of the world, dispersed the five beaux, incontinently; these persons having a natural antipathy to every one of the qualities named.
Never once to my knowledge did she lose her self-possession, on the most trying occasion, and this was due, not alone to her own shrewd wit and understanding, but to the subtle intelligence of Don Sanchez, who in the character of an old and trusty friend was ever by her side, watchful of her interest (and his own), ready at any moment to drop in her ear a quiet word of warning or counsel.
As for the somewhat unusual tone of the passage to which he had just listened, his nimble wits could invent half a dozen plausible explanations.
" King of Corpus (who was an incorrigible wag) was about to point out a half dozen of people in the room, as the most celebrated wits of that day; but I cut King's shins under the table, and got the fellow to hold his tongue, while Jones wrote on his card to Hoskins, hinted to him that a boy was in the room, and a gentleman who was quite a greenhorn: hence that the songs had better be carefully selected.
For my own part, if in treating of this subject, I sometimes dissent from the opinion of better Wits, I declare it is not so much to combat their opinions as to defend mine own, which were first made public.
Her tongue was sharper than her needle, and her pickles were not more piquant than her sarcastic wit.
Moreover, the very young element was hardly represented, and there was a dearth of those sprightly boys and girls who think it the acme of delicate wit to shut up an aunt in the ice-box and throw the billiard-table out of the window.
At the beginning of this volume are inserted a great number of commendatory verses, written by the most eminent wits of that age.
" It was this malignant attack upon his person that inspired Pope's lines in the Epistle to Arbuthnot: "Once, and but once, his heedless youth was bit, And liked that dangerous thing, a female wit.
His remarks made Peter smile in spite of himself, though he could not keep the ball of conversation rolling like Miss Sarah, who was not at all afraid of the great counsel, but matched his pleasant wit, with a most engaging impudence all her own.
A gentle wit thou hadst, nor is it blame To turn so tart, for time hath wrong'd the same.
Her wit, how subtle!
He tried to adjust his dull wits to the new position of affairs; tried to cipher the problem with this amazing new element introduced.
288:'Warburton had in the early part of his life pleased himself with the notice of inferior wits, and corresponded with the enemies of Pope.
There were none of them which could be ascribed to any worse motive than a wicked wit, and many of the individuals against whom they were directed were worthy of more severe chastisement.