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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
1545-1555
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.