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[ad-ij] /ˈæd ɪdʒ/
a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb.
Origin of adage
1540-50; < French < Latin adagium, equivalent to ad- ad- + ag- (stem of āio I say) + -ium -ium
Related forms
[uh-dey-jee-uh l] /əˈdeɪ dʒi əl/ (Show IPA),
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  • I suppose you've heard a number of adages concerning the irresponsibility of corporations?

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
  • As an example of Palmer's exposition, we will give that based on two adages of like import.

    Proverb Lore F. Edward Hulme
  • One seems to detect several grades or qualities of friendship in these adages.

    Proverb Lore F. Edward Hulme
  • The adages or proverbs of all nations are the outgrowths of their first attempts at civilization.

  • The real monument of his Venetian days is the great second edition of the adages, in substantially their final form.

  • Pythagoras drew up a collection of adages for his disciples, and Plato, Theophrastus, and Chrysippus accumulated stores of them.

    Proverb Lore F. Edward Hulme
  • But I have learned that the adages, as well as the books and the formulas were made by and for others than us of the black race.

  • He gives in it no indication of the sources from whence the adages are derived, adds no explanatory notes, and works on no system.

    Proverb Lore F. Edward Hulme
  • "Avoid a man who neither drinks nor smokes," was one of Don's adages.

  • A person who would be always dragging in these adages would be a terrible nuisance in conversation, and no less so in literature.

    Proverb Lore F. Edward Hulme
British Dictionary definitions for adages


a traditional saying that is accepted by many as true or partially true; proverb
Word Origin
C16: via Old French from Latin adagium; related to āio I say
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Word Origin and History for adages



1540s, Middle French adage, from Latin adagium "adage, proverb," apparently from adagio, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + *agi-, root of aio "I say," from PIE *ag- "to speak." But Tucker thinks the second element is rather ago "set in motion, drive, urge."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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