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also ap·o·phthegm  (ăp′ə-thĕm′)
A terse, witty, instructive saying; a maxim.

[Greek apophthegma, from apophthengesthai, to speak plainly : apo-, intensive pref.; see apo- + phthengesthai, phtheg-, to speak.]

ap′o·theg·mat′ic (-thĕg-măt′ĭk), ap′o·theg·mat′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
ap′o·theg·mat′i·cal·ly adv.


a variant spelling of apophthegm


or ap•o•phthegm

(ˈæp əˌθɛm)

a short, pithy saying.
[1545–55; < Greek apóphthegma <apophtheg-, variant s. of apophthéngesthai to speak out]
ap`o•theg•mat′ic (-θɛgˈmæt ɪk) adj.


- A terse, pointed saying or pithy maxim; it is pronounced AP-uh-them and may also be spelled apophthegm.
See also related terms for pointed.
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Noun1.apothegm - a short pithy instructive saying
axiom, maxim - a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
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IT WAS shown in the last paper that the political apothegm there examined does not require that the legislative, executive, and judiciary departments should be wholly unconnected with each other.
Let no one deem himself happy before his end," were the words of Solon; and here was a new and brilliant proof of the wisdom of the old apothegm.
To this last apothegm poor Hepzibah responded with a sigh so deep and heavy that it almost rustled Uncle Venner quite away, like a withered leaf,--as he was,--before an autumnal gale.
Saguisag thinks his namesake, Corona, 'committed suicide by taking the witness stand to defend himself, at war with the apothegm that a lawyer who defends himself has a fool for a client.
No doubt, Nigeria has now become synonymous with the apothegm 'one-day-one-problem'.
Reagan called attention not to Burke but rather to that least likely hero of conservatism Thomas Paine, whose apothegm "we have it in our power to make the world over again" he was fond of quoting.
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The essentially symbolic resonances of its plot--Orpheus's descent into the underworld and attempts to lead Eurydice out of it through his songs--could be interpreted as a poetic representation of the apothegm "Hope Dieth, Love Liveth.
Law XV provides the mathematical foundation for Lamennais's apothegm, which states: "Centralization breeds apoplexy at the center and anemia at the extremities," Large organizations, probably epitomized by federal governments, seem to be susceptible to the concept that regulations can become a substitute for management, Today, for example, the U.
When the rabbis of antiquity expanded upon this apothegm and wrote, "envy, desire and greed remove a man from the world" (Mishnah, Ethics of the Fathers 4:21), this may as well have been a Delphic utterance about Jordan Belfort.
More important, that tragic world made the public art, architecture, and ritual intensely political, all reinforcing the apothegm of the great statesman Pericles in his funeral oration--"Happiness depends on freedom, and freedom depends on bravery.
Even those thinkers most skeptical of public opinion were captivated by the forcefulness of the apothegm, the proverb, and the gnomic utterance, appreciating their potential contribution to thoughtful reflection.