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apothegm

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noun ap·o·thegm \ˈa-pə-ˌthem\

Definition of apothegm

  1. :  a short, pithy, and instructive saying or formulation :  aphorism

ap·o·theg·mat·icplay \ˌa-pə-theg-ˈma-tik\ adjective


Examples of apothegm

  1. <her mother endlessly repeated the apothegm cleanliness is next to godliness>



Origin of apothegm

Greek apophthegmat-, apophthegma, from apophthengesthai to speak out, from apo- + phthengesthai to utter


First Known Use: circa 1587


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