A ploughboy's epigram would not have seemed more out of place.
It's a common melodrama with bits of wit and epigram stuck on to it!
"With Italy and with you," said Mr. Goodwood with gloomy plainness and no appearance of trying to make an epigram.
I remember his epigram: 'Once I was the son of my father; now I am the father of my son.'
See our Memorial-Introduction for an impudent appropriation of this epigram.
There is little point—that is, there is no epigram—in the 'Trial.'
Oddly enough, this last Cockney epigram clings to my memory.
Mendelssohn seeking an epigram had stumbled into a dubious oracle.
"I wasn't thinking," he answered, searching guiltily for an epigram.
A war is undertaken for an epigram or a distich, as in Europe for a duchy.
mid-15c., from Middle French épigramme, from Latin epigramma "an inscription," from Greek epigramma "an inscription, epitaph, epigram," from epigraphein "to write on, inscribe" (see epigraph). Related: Epigrammatist.
Any pithy, witty saying or short poem. An aphorism can serve as an epigram, if it is brief.
Note: Several authors are noted for their epigrams, including Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde. One of Wilde's epigrams is “I can resist everything except temptation.”
Note: Two other words are similar: an epigraph is usually an inscription, as on a statue; an epitaph can be such an inscription or it can be a brief literary note commemorating a dead person.