adage


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ad·age

 (ăd′ĭj)
n.
A saying that sets forth a general truth and that has gained credit through long use. See Synonyms at saying. See Usage Note at redundancy.

[French, from Old French, from Latin adagium.]

adage

(ˈædɪdʒ)
n
a traditional saying that is accepted by many as true or partially true; proverb
[C16: via Old French from Latin adagium; related to āio I say]

ad•age

(ˈæd ɪdʒ)

n.
a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb.
[1540–50; < French < Latin adagium=ad- ad- + ag-, s. of āio I say + -ium -ium1]
a•da•gi•al (əˈdeɪ dʒi əl) adj.

adage

a maxim, axiom, proverb, or old saying.
See also: Proverbs, Wisdom
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.adage - a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"

adage

noun saying, motto, maxim, proverb, dictum, precept, by-word, saw, axiom, aphorism, apophthegm The old adage 'Every baby brings its own love' usually turns out true.

adage

noun
A usually pithy and familiar statement expressing an observation or principle generally accepted as wise or true:
Translations
sanonta

adage

[ˈædɪdʒ] Nadagio m, refrán m

adage

[ˈædɪdʒ] (old-fashioned) n (= maxim, saying) → adage m
the adage that ... → l'adage selon lequel ...
the old adage that ... → le vieil adage selon lequel ...ad agency nagence f de publicité

adage

nSprichwort nt

adage

[ˈædɪdʒ] n (old) → adagio, detto
References in classic literature ?
A curious friendship theirs must have been: a pointed illustration, indeed, of the old adage that "extremes meet.
Miss Trotwood, or Miss Betsey, as my poor mother always called her, when she sufficiently overcame her dread of this formidable personage to mention her at all (which was seldom), had been married to a husband younger than herself, who was very handsome, except in the sense of the homely adage,'handsome is, that handsome does' - for he was strongly suspected of having beaten Miss Betsey, and even of having once, on a disputed question of supplies, made some hasty but determined arrangements to throw her out of a two pair of stairs' window.
That experience is the parent of wisdom, is an adage the truth of which is recognized by the wisest as well as the simplest of mankind.
But manifestly to our Priests and Women this adage did not apply.
In truth, those who desired, according to the old adage, to sell anything valuable for a song, might find customers all over the Fair; and there were innumerable messes of pottage, piping hot, for such as chose to buy them with their birthrights.
It bristled there - somewhere near at hand, however unseen still - as the hunted thing, even as the trodden worm of the adage must at last bristle; and Brydon at this instant tasted probably of a sensation more complex than had ever before found itself consistent with sanity.
The Latin adage meeteth with it a little: Magna civitas, magna solitudo; because in a great town friends are scattered; so that there is not that fellowship, for the most part, which is in less neighborhoods.
Charley verified the adage about little pitchers, I am sure, for she heard of more sayings and doings in a day than would have come to my ears in a month.
This he had, however, neglected; as it was usual with him to do all manner of disorders which did not confine him to his bed, or prevent his several faculties from performing their ordinary functions;--a conduct which we would by no means be thought to approve or recommend to imitation; for surely the gentlemen of the Aesculapian art are in the right in advising, that the moment the disease has entered at one door, the physician should be introduced at the other: what else is meant by that old adage,
The citizens of Delphi were visited with a series of calamities, until they made a public reparation of their crime; and, "The blood of Aesop" became a well-known adage, bearing witness to the truth that deeds of wrong would not pass unpunished.
There must always be two parties to a quarrel, says the old adage.
Sophronia, darling, Mr and Mrs Boffin will remind you of the old adage, that self-praise is no recommendation.