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Variant of apothegm.
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(ˈæpəˌθɛm) or


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
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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.
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Noun1.apophthegm - a short pithy instructive saying
axiom, maxim - a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
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[ˈæpəθem] Napotegma m
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This is the marginal note of the apophthegm, 'live and let live'.
Paul Malong from the corridors of power to the house arrest perfectly illustrated in an apophthegm saying, "the bigger they are, they harder the fall".
All these forms seem to go back to a short apophthegm "[phrase omitted]" or "[phrase omitted]." Of the several passages, the pair of verses in Laozi 64 has the clearest rhyme, which makes it a likely candidate for the original proverb from which the other variants derive, but there is no reason to assume that the text Laozi, or even a person Laozi, is the source from which other texts quote, as annotations to these other texts sometimes assert.
Lobbes (a substantial Habilitation a diriger des recherches directed by Jean Ceard) is made up of a volume of introduction and source notes for each apophthegm, followed by two volumes that print the 1535 Latin text opposite two French translations of 1539 and 1553.
Both Hobbes's despotic Leviathan in 1651 and Locke's liberal social contract theories as recorded in The Two Treatises of Government in 1689 justify and celebrate self-love as a stimulant to imperial progress and success and are echoed in Mary's apophthegm. (13)
"Comparing Kirkpatrick with Enders, it is difficult to improve on the apophthegm going the rounds of the State Department that whereas the latter is more fascist then fool, Kirkpatick is more fool than fascist," he wrote.
Although being born with a full head of hair is not all that extraordinary, Iskander's quizzical apophthegm could be taken as the quintessence of magic realism.
This somewhat nebulous claim has been the favorite apophthegm of natural law theorists.