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apothegm

(noun) A terse, witty, instructive saying; a maxim.

Synonyms: aphorism

Usage: One of the monks in the monastery collected apothegms and compiled a book of 500 wise maxims.
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Hopefully he didn't go berserk.
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would that be something like...........no matter where you go......there you are.
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I would like to have the monk's book.
One does have to mind one's English useage on this site. Don't y'all think that's true?
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apothegm


n.
A terse, witty, instructive saying; a maxim.


[Greek apophthegma, from apophthengesthai, to speak plainly : apo-, intensive pref.; see apo- + phthengesthai, phtheg-, to speak.]

ap′o·theg·mat′ic (-thĕg-măt′ĭk), ap′o·theg·mat′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.

ap′o·theg·mat′i·cal·ly adv.

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


n.
a variant spelling of apophthegm

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


n.
a short, pithy saying.

[1545–55; < Greek apóphthegma <apophtheg-, variant s. of apophthéngesthai to speak out]

ap`o•theg•mat′ic (-θɛgˈmæt ɪk) adj.

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- A terse, pointed saying or pithy maxim; it is pronounced AP-uh-them and may also be spelled apophthegm.
See also related terms for pointed.





Word Origin and History for ap-o-thegm Expand

n.

"pithy saying," 1550s, from Greek apophthegma "terse, pointed saying," literally "something clearly spoken," from apophthengesthai "to speak one's opinion plainly," from apo- "from" (see apo- ) + phthengesthai "to utter." See aphorism for nuances of usage. Spelling apophthegm, restored by Johnson, is preferred in England, according to OED.
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Noun 1. apothegm - a short pithy instructive saying
aphorism, apophthegm
axiom, maxim - a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
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