ap·​o·​thegm | \ ˈa-pə-ˌthem How to pronounce apothegm (audio) \

Definition of apothegm

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

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Other Words from apothegm

apothegmatic \ ˌa-​pə-​theg-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce apothegmatic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of apothegm in a Sentence

her mother endlessly repeated the apothegm “cleanliness is next to godliness”

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As with every Together Live speaker, each apothegm is met with exuberant applause. Zoë Ghertner, Vogue, "Reese Witherspoon: Activist, Advocate, Hollywood’s Moral Compass," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of apothegm

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apothegm

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

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