Apothegm Ap"o*thegm, Apophthegm Ap"oph*thegm, n. [Gr. 'apo`fqegma thing uttered, apothegm, from 'apofqe`ggesqai to speak out; 'apo` from + fqe`ggesqai to speak.] A short, pithy, and instructive saying; a terse remark, conveying some important truth; a sententious precept or maxim.

Note: [Apothegm is now the prevalent spelling in the United States.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Apophthegm — Ap oph*thegm, n. See {Apothegm}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apophthegm — (n.) see APOTHEGM (Cf. apothegm) …   Etymology dictionary

  • apophthegm — (US apothegm) ► NOUN ▪ a concise saying stating a general truth. ORIGIN Greek apothegma, from apophthengesthai speak out …   English terms dictionary

  • apophthegm — [ap′ə them΄] n. APOTHEGM …   English World dictionary

  • apophthegm — chiefly British variant of apothegm …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • apophthegm — apophthegmatic /ap euh theg mat ik/, apophthegmatical, adj. /ap euh them /, n. apothegm. * * * …   Universalium

  • Apophthegm — The memorable saying of an old man . Give me a word is a key phrase in the desert tradition. The word is not an explanation or a consoling suggestion; it is a word given in order to create life and bring the one who receives it to God and… …   Dictionary of church terms

  • apophthegm — n. apothegm, concise saying; concise saying which expresses a general truth; proverb …   English contemporary dictionary

  • apophthegm — [ apəθɛm] (US apothegm) noun a concise saying or maxim. Derivatives apophthegmatic θɛg matɪk adjective Origin C16: from Fr. apophthegme or mod. L. apothegma, from Gk, from apophthengesthai speak out …   English new terms dictionary

  • apophthegm — ap•o•phthegm [[t]ˈæp əˌθɛm[/t]] n. lit. apothegm …   From formal English to slang

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