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apothegm Explained

apothegm at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

apothegm at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

76 Moby Thesaurus words for "apothegm":
adage, ana, analects, aphorism, axiom, bon mot, boutade,
bright idea, bright thought, brilliant idea, brocard, byword,
catchword, collected sayings, conceit, crack, current saying,
dictate, dictum, distich, epigram, expression, facetiae,
flash of wit, flight of wit, gibe, gnome, golden saying,
happy thought, maxim, moral, mot, motto, nasty crack, oracle,
persiflage, phrase, pithy saying, play of wit, pleasantry, precept,
prescript, proverb, proverbial saying, proverbs, quip,
quips and cranks, repartee, retort, riposte, rule, sally, saw,
saying, scintillation, sentence, sententious expression, sloka,
smart crack, smart saying, snappy comeback, stock saying,
stroke of wit, sutra, teaching, text, truism, turn of thought,
verse, wisdom, wisdom literature, wise saying, wisecrack,
witticism, word, words of wisdom

Apothegm at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Apothegm \Ap"o*thegm\, Apophthegm \Ap"oph*thegm\, n. [Gr.
'apo`fqegma thing uttered, apothegm, from 'apofqe`ggesqai to
speak out; 'apo` from + fqe`ggesqai to speak.]
A short, pithy, and instructive saying; a terse remark,
conveying some important truth; a sententious precept or

Note: [Apothegm is now the prevalent spelling in the United

apothegm at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : a short pithy instructive saying [syn: {aphorism}, {apophthegm}]

apothegm at English (WD) Of Explained:

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Alternative forms

* apophthegm


Mid 16th century: from Inter: etyl » fr Inter: term » apophthegme|lang=fr or Inter: etyl » ML.|en Inter: term » apothegma|lang=la, from Inter: etyl » grc, from Inter: term » ἀποφθέγγομαι||tr=apophthengomai|lang=grc|speak out


* Inter: enPR » ăpə-thĕm′, Inter: IPA » /ˈæp.ə.θɛm/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /{p."E.TEm/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-apothegm.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: homophones » apothem|apophthegm


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • A short, witty, instructive saying; an aphorism or maxim.
    1. 1665, Category: w - :Richard Head|Richard Head, The English Rogue: Deſcribed, in the Life of Merington Latroon, A Witty Extravagant, Being a Compleat Hiſtory of the Moſt Eminent Cheats of Both Sexes, Henry Marsh, page 355,
    2. : Every glaſs of wine, or bit almoſt, that I committed to my mouth, ſhe uſhered thither with ſome Apothegm or other: the whole ſeries, indeed, of her diſcourſe, was compoſed of nothing but reaſon or wit, which made me admire her; which ſhe eaſily underſtood, I perceived by her ſmiles, when ſhe obſerved me gaping, as it were, when ſhe ſpoke, as if I would have eaten up her Words.
    3. 1920, Category: w - :E. F. Benson|E. F. Benson, Queen Lucia, George H. Doran Company, Category: s:Page - :Queen Lucia.djvu/14|pages 10–Category: s:Page - :Queen Lucia.djvu/15|11
    4. : "You are too wonderful!" he would say. "How do you find time for everything?"
    5. : She rejoined with the apophthegm that made the rounds of Riseholme next day.
    6. : "My dear, it is just busy people that have time for everything."
    7. 2008, Category: w - :Dave Duncan (writer)|Dave Duncan, The Alchemist’s Apprentice, Category: w - :Ace Books|Ace Books, ISBN 978-0-441-01575-7, page 114,
    8. : Which means roughly that business keeps one safe from love—ominous talk when one’s lover is a courtesan. I hoped that it was just another literary conceit I ought to know. (It is, I later learned, an apothegm by Category: w - :Ovid|Ovid.)


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      Inter: trans-top » A short witty instructive saying

  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|apotegma|m
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|mõttetera
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|apophthegme|m
  • German: Inter: t- » de|Apophthegma|n

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|απόφθεγμα|tr=apófthegma|sc=Grek
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|apotegma
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|изречение|n|tr=izrečénije
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|apotegma|f
    • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|апофтегма|tr=apoftehma|sc=Cyrl

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: et » apothegm
    Translation: ku » apothegm
    Translation: ps » apothegm
    Translation: ru » apothegm
    Translation: ta » apothegm
    Translation: vi » apothegm