apothegm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n apothegm a short pithy instructive saying
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Apothegm 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
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apothegm A short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark, conveying some important truth; a sententious precept or maxim. Also spelled apophthegm.
    • n apothegm Synonyms Aphorism, Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apothegm 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
    • Apothegm . See Apophthegm.
    • ***

Quotations

  • William R. Alger
    William R. Alger
    “Apothegms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feelings.”
  • James Ramsey
    James Ramsey
    “Apothegms to thinking minds are the seeds from which spring vast fields of new thought, that may be further cultivated, beautified, and enlarged.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'apo`fqegma thing uttered, apothegm, from 'apofqe`ggesqai to speak out; 'apo` from + fqe`ggesqai to speak

Usage

In literature:

The girl died without profiting by this official apothegm.
"The Damnation of Theron Ware" by Harold Frederic
But I comprehend now what Mejnour said in his dark apothegms, 'that I should dread the spectre most WHEN UNSEEN.
"Zanoni" by Edward Bulwer Lytton
Such apothegms must needs be unacceptable to kings, who pretend there is vast difference between them and tyrants.
"Essays and Miscellanies" by Plutarch
Had any one formerly brought me to Erasmus, I should hardly have believed but that all was adage and apothegm he spoke to his man or his hostess.
"The Essays of Montaigne, Complete" by Michel de Montaigne
I remember, in the history of Tamerlane, an incident which, to me, has always had the force of an apothegm.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
In 1542 appeared "Apothegms," translated by Nicholas Udall.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VIII (of X) - Continental Europe II." by Various
He delighted to express his opinions by an apothegm, illustrate them by a parable, or drive them home by a story.
"Memorial Address on the Life and Character of Abraham Lincoln" by George Bancroft
In certain instances our rural apothegms are sacred relics of extinct but canonized fictions.
"Moon Lore" by Timothy Harley
The baker was pleased with the hearty response to the neat epigrammatic apothegms wherein he delighted to unfold himself.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
After which undeniable apothegm the conversation came to a stand.
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
***

In poetry:

When slender rapiers, proud with gems,
Sneered at the sun their haughty hues,
And Touchstone wit and apothegms
Laughed down the long, cool avenues.
"An Antique" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

ALL GALL IS DIVIDED Gnomes and Apothegms.
***