apophthegm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n apophthegm a short pithy instructive saying
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Apophthegm A short, pithy, and instructive saying; a terse remark, conveying some important truth; a sententious precept or maxim.Apothegm is now the prevalent spelling in the United States
    • n Apophthegm See Apothegm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apophthegm etc. See apothegm, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apophthegm a′po-them a pithy saying, more short, pointed, and practical than the aphorism need be, e.g. 'God helps them that help themselves.'—-adjs. Apophthegmat′ic, -al, pertaining to the nature of an apophthegm, pithy, sententious
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'apo`fqegma thing uttered, apothegm, from 'apofqe`ggesqai to speak out; 'apo` from + fqe`ggesqai to speak
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. apophthegmaapo, forth, and phthengesthai, to utter.

Usage

In literature:

Never yet did a man of worth dislike good wine, it is a monastical apophthegm.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Never yet did a man of worth dislike good wine, it is a monastical apophthegm.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I." by Francois Rabelais
She deals plenteously, however, at home in domestic apophthegms.
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Orations, letters, and brief sayings, or apophthegms, are appendices to history.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
Faint heart never won fair lady, he said to himself, in some answering apophthegm.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
However, that they hated long speeches, the following apophthegms are a farther proof.
"Ideal Commonwealths" by Various
Yahya, who died on March 30, 872, had a very graceful turn for apophthegms.
"A Boswell of Baghdad" by E. V. Lucas
One apophthegm only stands upon record.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
But his brief witticisms and his short anecdotes and apophthegms hardly admit a rival.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Such sententious remarks as "Knowledge is Power" are apophthegms.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
APOPHTHEGM (ap'o-them), a short pithy sentence or maxim.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
It is full of sublime truths, noble apophthegms, endless touches of nature, and great poetry.
"The Grandchildren of the Ghetto" by Israel Zangwill
But you are not worthy of such fine apophthegms.
"Leonora" by Maria Edgeworth
They made apophthegm take the place of message.
"Legends & Romances of Spain" by Lewis Spence
The results of these new reflections grew into fixed rules, into proverbs and apophthegms.
"The History of Antiquity, Vol. II (of VI)" by Max Duncker
No saying was oftener in his mouth than that fine apophthegm of Bentley, that no man was ever written down but by himself.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4" by Various
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