Friday, June 09, 2000
Definitions for apothegm
- 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."
The rare talent of compressing a mass of profound thought into an apophthegm.
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.