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ap·o·thegm

also ap·o·phthegm  (ăp′ə-thĕm′)
n.
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.

apothegm

(ˈæpəˌθɛm)
n
a variant spelling of apophthegm

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.

apothegm

- 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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