Book of Proverbs
Proverb Prov"erb, n. [OE. proverbe, F. proverbe, from L. proverbium; pro before, for + verbum a word. See {Verb}.] 1. An old and common saying; a phrase which is often repeated; especially, a sentence which briefly and forcibly expresses some practical truth, or the result of experience and observation; a maxim; a saw; an adage. --Chaucer. Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. A striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable. [1913 Webster]

His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. --John xvi. 29. [1913 Webster]

3. A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a by word, among all nations. --Deut. xxviii. 37. [1913 Webster]

4. A drama exemplifying a proverb. [1913 Webster]

{Book of Proverbs}, a canonical book of the Old Testament, containing a great variety of wise maxims. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Maxim; aphorism; apothegm; adage; saw. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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