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

apothegmatic

play \ˌa-pə-theg-ˈma-tik\ adjective

Examples of apothegm in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of apothegm

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


First Known Use: 1548



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