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

Other Words from epigrammatic

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 Munro’s characters are drawn from the upper classes, and his prose is droll in the British way—wry and epigrammatic. The New Yorker, 28 June 2021 The writing, so heightened and epigrammatic, seems almost to mock the homespun fashions of traditional realist prose. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 There were fantasy stories — Peter Pan, Five Children and It, Mary Poppins — and there were works like Robert McCloskey’s hilarious, epigrammatic Homer Price. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 27 Mar. 2021 The intellectual wit of Oscar Wilde—all that epigrammatic cleverness—does not require a mise-en-scène. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, 19 Feb. 2021 Grant unfolds her story in epigrammatic fashion, moving gracefully in time, drawing parallels between multiple generations. Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2020 Even much of the material left out of those books is tart and epigrammatic. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 15 June 2020 Modern life has rarely been articulated with such compression and epigrammatic precision. Dustin Illingworth, latimes.com, 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, 12 July 2017 See More

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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 26 Jun. 2022.

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