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Friday, June 09, 2000

Definitions for apothegm

  1. A short, witty, and instructive saying.

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Citations for apothegm
Nineteen Eighty-four the most contemporary novel of this year and who knows of how many past and to come, is a great examination into and dramatization of Lord Acton's famous apothegm, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Mark Schorer, New York Times
The rare talent of compressing a mass of profound thought into an apophthegm. Henry Hart Milman, The History of Latin Christianity
Origin of apothegm
Apothegm comes from Greek apophthegma, from apophthengesthai, "to speak one's opinion plainly," from apo-, intensive prefix + phthengesthai, "to speak." The adjective form is apothegmatic.