Antonyms for jeu d'esprit

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Porson's jeu d'esprit is reprinted in the Faceti Cantabrigienses .

But the thing is essentially a pot-boiler and a jeu d'esprit.

That jeu d'esprit saves three culprits from deserved suspension and brings sunshine through the storm-clouds for the day at least.

For a jeu d'esprit of that kind it is too long; it would have suited better as an essay or article than as a volume.

This jeu d'esprit has never been found, notwithstanding the most diligent inquiry.

This jeu d'esprit took its rise one day at dinner at our friend Sir Joshua Reynolds's.

Then turn from the shadow of that scene to the shimmer of the one that follows immediately, full of smartness and jeu d'esprit.

Buckland, I think, once indulged in the jeu d'esprit of supposing an ichthyosaur lecturing on the human skull.

The Calcutta wiseacres sent up orders to institute a strict inquiry who wrote this jeu d'esprit.

But the jeu d'esprit kept echoing oddly through Morgan's brain.