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adage

[ad-ij] /ˈæd ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < French < Latin adagium, equivalent to ad- ad- + ag- (stem of āio I say) + -ium -ium
Related forms
adagial
[uh-dey-jee-uh l] /əˈdeɪ dʒi əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Can be confused
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British Dictionary definitions for adages

adage

/ˈædɪdʒ/
noun
1.
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

adage

n.

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."

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Encyclopedia Article for adages

adage

a saying, often in metaphoric form, that embodies a common observation, such as "If the shoe fits, wear it,'' "Out of the frying pan, into the fire,'' or "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.'' The scholar Erasmus published a well-known collection of adages as Adagia in 1508. The word is from the Latin adagium, "proverb."

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