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apophthegm

[ap-uh-them] /ˈæp əˌθɛm/
noun
1.
Related forms
apophthegmatic
[ap-uh-theg-mat-ik] /ˌæp ə θɛgˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
apophthegmatical, adjective

apothegm

or apophthegm

[ap-uh-them] /ˈæp əˌθɛm/
noun
1.
a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism.
Origin of apothegm
1545-1555
1545-55; earlier apothegma < Greek apóphthegma, equivalent to apophtheg- (variant stem of apophthéngesthai to speak out; apo- apo- + phthéngesthai to speak) + -ma noun suffix
Related forms
apothegmatic
[ap-uh-theg-mat-ik] /ˌæp ə θɛgˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
apothegmatical, adjective
apothegmatically, adverb
Can be confused
adage, aphorism, apothegm, axiom, maxim, proverb.
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Examples from the Web for apophthegm
Historical Examples
  • As some say, Solon was the author of the apophthegm, "Nothing in excess."

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • This apophthegm is one of the landmarks of religious history.

  • The lump of earth, being taken somewhat by surprise, was not prepared with an apophthegm, and said nothing.

    Cobwebs From an Empty Skull Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
  • He has inspired me with an apophthegm, however—let us give Bonvoisin his due!

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • Madame de Staël repeats this apophthegm in her work on Germany.

    Rejected Addresses James Smith
  • He re-read the apophthegm with a slower and more solemn utterance.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • He delivered this apophthegm with emphasis, and repeated it in another form.

    New Grub Street George Gissing
  • I was still pondering over this apophthegm, when Crofton aroused me by pushing across the table a great heap of gold.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • I should prefer to reverse the apophthegm, and to say that in life I see the promise and potency of all forms of matter.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces Camille Flammarion
  • They did not dream of the apophthegm that knowledge is power; and that we become strong by subduing nature to our will.

British Dictionary definitions for apophthegm

apophthegm

/ˈæpəˌθɛm/
noun
1.
a short cryptic remark containing some general or generally accepted truth; maxim
Derived Forms
apophthegmatic, apothegmatic (ˌæpəθɛɡˈmætɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Greek apophthegma, from apophthengesthai to speak one's opinion frankly, from phthengesthai to speak

apothegm

/ˈæpəˌθɛm/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of apophthegm
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Word Origin and History for apophthegm
n.

see apothegm.

apothegm

n.

"pithy saying," 1550s, from Greek apophthegma "terse, pointed saying," literally "something clearly spoken," from apophthengesthai "to speak one's opinion plainly," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + phthengesthai "to utter." See aphorism for nuances of usage. Spelling apophthegm, restored by Johnson, is preferred in England, according to OED.

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