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or epigrammatical

[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.
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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  • And I felt the message ought to be epigrammatic in a way and worthy of it.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • "epigrammatic," said the King, shaking his finger sadly at him.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • The example set by Martial gradually led to a considerable development of epigrammatic literature.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2) Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
  • In epigrammatic power, it was the strongest summary of the demands of the South.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • Macaulay is preëminent in this kind, and woe to the party or the man that comes between him and his epigrammatic necessity!

  • They were often graceful and epigrammatic, but always sterling in their value and full of thought.

    The Arena Various
  • Would the epigrammatic translation of "sede vacanti" as "Not well and gone away for a holiday" be accepted by an examiner?

  • "I choose death," he said, adopting the Wyandot's epigrammatic manner.

    The Riflemen of the Ohio Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Make a collection of the epigrammatic sayings in this essay that you think are worth remembering.

Word Origin and History for epigrammatic

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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