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[ep-i-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌɛp ɪ grəˈmæt ɪk/
of or like an epigram; terse and ingenious in expression.
containing or favoring the use of epigrams.
Also, epigrammatical.
Origin of epigrammatic
1695-1705; < Latin epigrammaticus < Greek epigrammatikós, equivalent to epigrammat- (stem of epígramma) epigram + -ikos -ic
Related forms
epigrammatically, adverb
[ep-i-gram-uh-tiz-uh m] /ˌɛp ɪˈgræm əˌtɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
nonepigrammatic, adjective
nonepigrammatically, adverb
unepigrammatic, adjective
unepigrammatically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for epigrammatic
  • He felt this made it sound both strong and epigrammatic.
  • They are wanting in terse and epigrammatic sayings, and give us the sense of being almost too wise.
  • Somewhat shyly announcing an epigrammatic or well-chosen phrase.
  • The first six lines were too fluent, the distinct couplet at the close was too epigrammatic.
  • He wrote amazingly well with delightfully epigrammatic descriptive powers.
  • They drink tea and exchange epigrammatic insights as the conflagration begins.
  • Members of the old guard make their points with stories that end with a punch line or an epigrammatic quotation.
  • He mixed erudition with epigrammatic wit and colorful vignettes.
  • The best lawyers know how to be epigrammatic too, not only in their briefs, but also when they stand up to argue.
  • It was to publish a journal containing the news of the day in a condensed and epigrammatic form.
Word Origin and History for epigrammatic

1704, shortened from epigrammatical (c.1600); see epigram.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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