|1.||a short, memorable, and often highly condensed saying embodying, esp with bold imagery, some commonplace fact or experience|
|2.||a person or thing exemplary in respect of a characteristic: Antarctica is a proverb for extreme cold|
|3.||ecclesiast a wise saying or admonition providing guidance|
|4.||to utter or describe (something) in the form of a proverb|
|5.||to make (something) a proverb|
|[C14: via Old French from Latin prōverbium, from verbum word]|
A brief, memorable saying that expresses a truth or belief, such as “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” (See examples under “Proverbs.”)
a trite maxim; a similitude; a parable. The Hebrew word thus rendered (mashal) has a wide signification. It comes from a root meaning "to be like," "parable." Rendered "proverb" in Isa. 14:4; Hab. 2:6; "dark saying" in Ps. 49:4, Num. 12:8. Ahab's defiant words in answer to the insolent demands of Benhadad, "Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off," is a well known instance of a proverbial saying (1 Kings 20:11).
an Old Testament book of "wisdom" writing found in the third section of the Jewish canon, known as the Ketuvim, or Writings. The book's superscription, "The proverbs of Solomon. . . ," is not to say that it as a whole or even individual proverbs should be credited to King Solomon, for scholarly examination discloses that it contains seven collections of wisdom materials (mostly short sayings) from a wide variety of periods, all after Solomon's time.
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