a brief pithy and instructive saying a terse comment conveying some essential truth a sententious precept or maxim
- a short pithy instructive saying
- Alt. of Apophthegm
"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.
(n.) Alt. of Apophthegm