ep·​i·​gram·​mat·​ic | \ ˌe-pə-grə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce epigrammatic (audio) \

Definition of epigrammatic

1 : of, relating to, or resembling an epigram
2 : marked by or given to the use of epigrams

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epigrammatically \ ˌe-​pə-​grə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce epigrammatic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of epigrammatic in a Sentence

Oscar Wilde's epigrammatic observation, “In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience”.
Recent Examples on the Web The intellectual wit of Oscar Wilde—all that epigrammatic cleverness—does not require a mise-en-scène. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "‘Aristophanes’ Review: Laughter on the Acropolis," 19 Feb. 2021 Grant unfolds her story in epigrammatic fashion, moving gracefully in time, drawing parallels between multiple generations. Washington Post, "The best food books of 2020 that will get you thinking, not cooking," 24 Dec. 2020 Even much of the material left out of those books is tart and epigrammatic. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, "How Racist Was Flannery O’Connor?," 15 June 2020 Modern life has rarely been articulated with such compression and epigrammatic precision. Dustin Illingworth, latimes.com, "Elusive leaps of grace and daring: Rachel Cusk's 'Kudos'," 31 May 2018 Each of her subjects fascinates in a different way, and Shapiro has a wizardly epigrammatic knack for summing up paradoxes. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, "A new book about the diets of notable women redeems the whole sentimental, self-indulgent genre of food writing.," 12 July 2017 Brooks writes with clarity and epigrammatic wit, but the random oscillations of her views may annoy some readers. Harold Evans, New York Times, "Rosa Brooks Examines War’s Expanding Boundaries," 5 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of epigrammatic

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Epigrammatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epigrammatic. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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