meaning of apothegm

apothegm meaning in General Dictionary

a brief pithy and instructive saying a terse comment conveying some essential truth a sententious precept or maxim

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  • a short pithy instructive saying
  • Alt. of Apophthegm

apothegm meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"pithy stating," 1550s, from Greek apophthegma "terse, pointed saying," virtually "some thing clearly talked," from apophthengesthai "to talk your viewpoint clearly," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + phthengesthai "to complete." See aphorism for nuances of usage. Spelling apophthegm, restored by Johnson, is preferred in The united kingdomt, relating to OED.

apothegm meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) Alt. of Apophthegm