Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online

Get access
Search Results: | 5 of 83 |

Wit
(2,002 words)

1. Concept

The term wit (OE gewit, “understanding,” “consciousness,” “sense”; Latin ingenium, Italian ingegno, Spanis ingenio, German Witz, French esprit) in the early modern period denoted the art of connecting seemingly disparate thoughts and ideas in a surprising way and formulating them with ingenious pithiness such as to astound and spontaneously persuade the listener or reader [1. 874]; [10. 7 f.]. Wit was thus regar…

Cite this page
Walther, Gerrit, “Wit”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030546>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20230627



▲   Back to top   ▲