jeu d'esprit

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[zher des-pri](pluraljeux)

A French phrase meaning literally ‘play of spirit’, perhaps better translated as ‘flight of fancy’. The term is applied to light-hearted witticisms and epigrams such as those of Oscar Wilde, and more generally to any clever piece of writing dashed off in a spirit of fun, such as a limerick or a short comic novel.

Subjects: Literature.

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