adjective Date: 1694 1. of, relating to, or resembling an epigram 2. marked by or given to the use of epigrams • epigrammatically adverb

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  • epigrammatic — 1704, shortened from epigrammatical (c.1600); see EPIGRAM (Cf. epigram) …   Etymology dictionary

  • epigrammatic — [ep΄ə grə mat′ik] adj. [L epigrammaticus < Gr epigrammatikos] 1. of the epigram or full of epigrams 2. having the nature of an epigram; terse, witty, etc.: Also epigrammatical epigrammatically adv …   English World dictionary

  • epigrammatic — adjective her epigrammatic verses Syn: concise, succinct, pithy, aphoristic; incisive, short and sweet; witty, clever, quick witted, piquant, sharp, gnomic, laconic; informal snappy Ant: expansive …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • epigrammatic — epigram ► NOUN 1) a concise and witty saying or remark. 2) a short witty poem. DERIVATIVES epigrammatic adjective. ORIGIN Greek epigramma, from gramma writing …   English terms dictionary

  • epigrammatic — epigrammatically, adv. epigrammatism /ep i gram euh tiz euhm/, n. /ep i greuh mat ik/, adj. 1. of or like an epigram; terse and ingenious in expression. 2. containing or favoring the use of epigrams. Also, epigrammatical. [1695 1705; < L… …   Universalium

  • epigrammatic — adjective a) having the characteristics of an epigram b) containing or using epigrams See Also: epigram, epigrammatically …   Wiktionary

  • epigrammatic — Synonyms and related words: aphoristic, apophthegmatic, apothegmatic, compendious, concise, laconic, piquant, pithy, pointed, proverbial, punchy, pungent, sententious, snappy, succinct, terse, trenchant, witty …   Moby Thesaurus

  • epigrammatic — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. terse, aphoristic, succinct, pointed; see concise , pithy , witty . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Precisely meaningful and tersely cogent: aphoristic, compact1, epigrammatical, marrowy, pithy. Informal: brass… …   English dictionary for students

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