Epigram
Epigram Ep"i*gram, n. [L. epigramma, fr. Gr. ? inscription, epigram, fr. ? to write upon, 'epi` upon + ? to write: cf. F. ['e]pigramme. See {Graphic}.] 1. A short poem treating concisely and pointedly of a single thought or event. The modern epigram is so contrived as to surprise the reader with a witticism or ingenious turn of thought, and is often satirical in character. [1913 Webster]

Dost thou think I care for a satire or an epigram? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: Epigrams were originally inscription on tombs, statues, temples, triumphal arches, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. An effusion of wit; a bright thought tersely and sharply expressed, whether in verse or prose. [1913 Webster]

3. The style of the epigram. [1913 Webster]

Antithesis, i. e., bilateral stroke, is the soul of epigram in its later and technical signification. --B. Cracroft.


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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