- apothegm (n.) "pithy saying," 1550s, from Gk. apophthegma "terse, pointed saying," lit. "something clearly spoken," from apophthengesthai "to speak one's opinion plainly," from apo- "from" (see APO- (Cf. apo-)) + phthengesthai "to utter." See APHORISM (Cf. aphorism) for nuances of usage. Spelling apophthegm, restored by Johnson, is preferred in England, according to OED.
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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… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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apothegm — [ap′ə them΄] n. [Gr apophthegma, a terse, pointed saying < apophthengesthai < apo , from + phthengesthai, to utter] a short, pithy saying (Ex.: “Brevity is the soul of wit”) apothegmatic [ap΄ə theg mat′ik] adj. apothegmatical … English World dictionary
apothegm — noun /ˈæp.ə.θɛm/ A short, witty, instructive saying; an aphorism or maxim. Every glaſs of wine, or bit almoſt, that I committed to my mouth, ſhe uſhered thither with ſome Apothegm <! [sic] capitalized or other: the whole ſeries, indeed, of her … Wiktionary
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apothegm — noun Etymology: Greek apophthegmat , apophthegma, from apophthengesthai to speak out, from apo + phthengesthai to utter Date: circa 1587 a short, pithy, and instructive saying or formulation ; aphorism • apothegmatic adjective … New Collegiate Dictionary
apothegm — apothegmatic /ap euh theg mat ik/, apothegmatical, adj. apothegmatically, adv. /ap euh them /, n. a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism. Also, apophthegm. [1545 55; earlier apothegma < Gk apóphthegma, equiv. to apophtheg… … Universalium
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