adagial

adage

[ad-ij]
noun
a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb.

Origin:
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.
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adage (ˈædɪdʒ)
 
n
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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adage
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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