apophthegm


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ap·o·phthegm

 (ăp′ə-thĕm′)
n.
Variant of apothegm.

apophthegm

(ˈæpəˌθɛm) or

apothegm

n
a short cryptic remark containing some general or generally accepted truth; maxim
[C16: from Greek apophthegma, from apophthengesthai to speak one's opinion frankly, from phthengesthai to speak]
apophthegmatic, apothegmatic adj

ap•o•thegm

or ap•o•phthegm

(ˈæp əˌθɛm)

n.
a short, pithy saying.
[1545–55; < Greek apóphthegma <apophtheg-, variant s. of apophthéngesthai to speak out]
ap`o•theg•mat′ic (-θɛgˈmæt ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apophthegm - a short pithy instructive saying
axiom, maxim - a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
Translations

apophthegm

[ˈæpəθem] Napotegma m
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