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Variant of apothegm.


(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


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


[ˈæpəθem] Napotegma m
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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.
Blend, 1963) Malraux's strikingly charged fiction with its ellipses, apothegms, and contempt for logically asserted analysis may be an adequate setting for his insightful humanism.
As in the drama, she notes, "these apothegms can be taken at face value or as an object of ridicule"; this sounds right, but is not especially useful as an observation.
8) In his elegant and erudite historical accounts, hyperboles, parallelisms, digressions, sententiae, and apothegms meet us at every turn; his laconic style, highly esteemed by many of his contemporaries, accommodates a keen reflection on men and events in order to explain causation and extract a political philosophy of governance in times of uncertainty.
Senator Ninoy Aquino, in one of his apothegms, advanced that when one sincerely believes in the justness of his cause for the country, on him rests not only the responsibility but the duty to be elected into office to effect the fruition of those dreams.
Until the end of the eighteenth century, literary theory was mainly following the traditional terms of ancient rhetoric established in treatises like Aristotle's Poetics and Horace's Ars Poetica: "Poe was not the first to have distilled the axioms of eighteenth century German aesthetics into neat formulations or to have reproduced in neat and memorable apothegms the Kantian definition of the work of art as possessing the quality of purposiveness without purpose.
My take on apothegms is that they are perceived to communicate what MBAs call "the value proposition," but the precise meaning of a value proposition is fuzzy.
Almost immediately, however, we are given to know that he is incapable of doing so, as his sentence is overwritten with apothegms worthy of Polonius and he returns to the "baser matter" of his mother (1.
6), the character of the Spartan apothegms was such 'as to justify the remark that love of wisdom rather than love of bodily exercise was the special characteristic of a Spartan' (20.
At one point he asserts that 'if we could summarise the content of philosophizing in a page or two, we would not have to do it in the first place' (p86)--which seems to me wrong on its own terms (as if Nietzsche's apothegms don't trump the collected works of Husserl, or the brevity of Civilisation and its Discontents isn't better in every way to the coiling bulk of the Ecrits) but also, worse, smacks of an already long-winded writer giving himself permission to extend his wind further.