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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Other Words from epigrammatic

epigrammatically \ ˌe-​pə-​grə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce epigrammatically (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 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epigrammatic. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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