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ep·i·gram

 (ĕp′ĭ-grăm′)
n.
1. A short, witty poem expressing a single thought or observation.
2. A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement.
3. Epigrammatic discourse or expression.

[Middle English, from Old French epigramme, from Latin epigramma, from Greek, from epigraphein, to mark the surface, inscribe : epi-, epi- + graphein, to write; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.]

epigram

(ˈɛpɪˌɡræm)
n
1. a witty, often paradoxical remark, concisely expressed
2. (Poetry) a short, pungent, and often satirical poem, esp one having a witty and ingenious ending
[C15: from Latin epigramma, from Greek: inscription, from epigraphein to write upon, from graphein to write]
ˌepigramˈmatic, ˌepigramˈmatical adj
ˌepigramˈmatically adv

ep•i•gram

(ˈɛp ɪˌgræm)

n.
1. a witty, ingenious, or pointed saying tersely expressed.
2. epigrammatic expression: a genius for epigram.
3. a short, concise poem, often satirical, displaying a witty or ingenious turn of thought.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin epigramma < Greek epígramma inscription, epigram. See epi-, -gram1]

epigram

a pithy statement, often containing a paradox. — epigrammatist, n.
See also: Proverbs
a pithy statement, often containing a paradox.
See also: Language

epigram

A brief but memorable statement making a pithy observation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.epigram - a witty saying
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"

epigram

noun witticism, quip, aphorism, bon mot, witty saying, witty poem Oscar Wilde was famous for his epigrams.
Quotations
"A thing well said will be wit in all languages" [John Dryden Essay of Dramatic Poesy]
Translations
epigram
epigramma
epigramma

epigram

[ˈepɪgræm] Nepigrama m

epigram

[ˈɛpɪgræm] népigramme m

epigram

n (= saying)Epigramm nt, → Sinngedicht nt

epigram

[ˈɛpɪˌgræm] nepigramma m
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Highet praises him as the writer of 'the last powerful and original poetic epigrams in Greek literature.