Adage Ad"age, n. [F. adage, fr. L. adagium; ad + the root of L. aio I say.] An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use; a proverb. [1913 Webster]

Letting ``I dare not'' wait upon ``I would,'' Like the poor cat i' the adage. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Axiom; maxim; aphorism; proverb; saying; saw; apothegm. See {Axiom}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • adage — (n.) 1540s, M.Fr. adage, from L. adagium adage, proverb, apparently from adagio, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + *agi , root of aio I say, from PIE *ag to speak. But Tucker thinks the second element is rather ago …   Etymology dictionary

  • adage — ADAGE. sub. m. Proverbe. Il n est guère d usage qu en plaisanterie, particulièrement dans cette phrase, On dit en commun adage. On dit aussi, D un homme qui affecte un ton sentencieux, Il ne parle que par adages. On appelle Les Adages d Érasme,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • adage — index catchword, maxim, phrase, principle (axiom) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • adage — bradage grenadage …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • adage — *saying, saw, proverb, maxim, motto, epigram, aphorism, apothegm …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • adage — [n] saying or proverb aphorism, apothegm, axiom, byword, dictum, maxim, motto, precept, saw; concept 276 …   New thesaurus

  • adage — Adage, Adagium, adagij, Adagio, adagionis, Prouerbium …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • adage — ADAGE. s. m. Proverbe. Il n est guere en usage qu en cette phrase. Les Adages d Erasme …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • adage — ► NOUN ▪ a proverb or short statement expressing a general truth. ORIGIN Latin adagium saying , from aio I say …   English terms dictionary

  • adage — [ad′ij] n. [Fr < L adagium, adagio < ad , to + aio, I say < * agyo < IE base * ēg̑ , speak, say] an old saying that has been popularly accepted as a truth SYN. SAYING …   English World dictionary

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