a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb.

1540–50; < French < Latin adagium, equivalent to ad- ad- + ag- (stem of āio I say) + -ium -ium

adagial [uh-dey-jee-uhl] , adjective

adage, aphorism, apothegm, axiom, maxim, proverb. Unabridged
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adage (ˈædɪdʒ)
a traditional saying that is accepted by many as true or partially true; proverb
[C16: via Old French from Latin adagium; related to āio I say]

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Word Origin & History

1540s, from L. adagium "adage, proverb," apparently from adagio, from ad- "to" + *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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Example sentences
The elderly were strange automata of prescriptions and adages, as if they had been replaced by their own fictions.
With bravado or blindness they repeat familiar adages.
Those two somewhat contradictory adages have special meaning to anyone who has ever launched a new business venture.
In addition, stereotypical adages are commonly taught to forensic students.
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