One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural jeux d'esprit
A light-hearted display of wit and cleverness, especially in a work of literature.‘there is a misconception that the works of Agatha Christie are simply popular jeux d'esprit’
quip, witticism, gem, play on words, jest, pun, sally, nice turn of phraseView synonyms
- ‘If one regards it simply as a jeu d'esprit it is all very pleasant, but as a real contribution to the literature of the sky-scraper it has no value.’
- ‘It is not exactly a jeu d'esprit but it does have a certain 'occasional' character, and cannot really be regarded as a major work by Dummett.’
French, literally ‘game of the mind’.
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