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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apothegm - a short pithy instructive saying
axiom, maxim - a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
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The notion that a borrower is precluded from challenging a holder's right of enforcement is often expressed apothegmatically as: "Even a thief is entitled to enforce a bearer instrument." (34) Needless to say, the assertion that a thief can obtain or pass title to stolen property flies in the face of common law.
Later in his response, CREWS remarks apothegmatically, "The subject matter of literary study is not human nature; it is literature." Literature is produced by human nature, depicted in it, and fulfilled by it.