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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apophthegm - a short pithy instructive saying
axiom, maxim - a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits


[ˈæpəθem] Napotegma m
References in classic literature ?
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.
Such moral-political apothegms have long been assumed to prepare Tibetan students with correct moral-political outlooks.
It's not that he doubts the salutary consequences of "early to bed, early to rise ..." or any other of his wonderful apothegms but that he seeks richer, more successful modes of communication.
(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.
Like Gary (yes, I know him, too; there's a bunch of us Acolytes of A1 roaming the Earth), I can picture Murray talking "a mile a minute" in a digressive, riff-inflected flow of "apothegms and japes," as he'd once again lament how so many people who should know better keep missing the point, and that they need to be reminded that--dammit!--when you confine definitions of black-American life to the jargon of "social science fiction" (as he liked to name it), you degrade and simplify African Americans' essence as destructively as the white supremacists you insist you're battling.
Estill discusses a manuscript of the late seventeenth century in which Polonius' advice to Laertes is transcribed and given the title "Advice to a Young Man." 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." (Polonsky 2002: 45)
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.