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epigram

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noun ep·i·gram \ˈe-pə-ˌgram\

Simple Definition of epigram

  • : a short and clever poem or saying

Full Definition of epigram

  1. 1 :  a concise poem dealing pointedly and often satirically with a single thought or event and often ending with an ingenious turn of thought

  2. 2 :  a terse, sage, or witty and often paradoxical saying

  3. 3 :  epigrammatic expression

ep·i·gram·ma·tism play \ˌe-pə-ˈgra-mə-ˌti-zəm\ noun
ep·i·gram·ma·tist play \-ˈgra-mə-tist\ noun

Examples of epigram

  1. <Benjamin Franklin's famous epigram, Remember that time is money.>



Origin of epigram

Middle English epigrame, from Latin epigrammat-, epigramma, from Greek, from epigraphein to write on, inscribe, from epi- + graphein to write — more at carve


First Known Use: 15th century



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