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apothegm

[ap-uh-them] /ˈæp əˌθɛm/
noun
1.
a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism.
Also, apophthegm.
Origin
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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British Dictionary definitions for apothegmatical

apothegm

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

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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