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Apophthegm   Listen

A short pithy instructive saying.  Synonyms: aphorism, apothegm.

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"Apophthegm" Quotes from Famous Books

... Or, "these are sayings too slight, perhaps, to deserve record; yet," etc. By an "apophthegm" was meant originally a terse (sententious) remark, but the word has somewhat altered ...
— Hellenica • Xenophon

... about literary productions going off like hot cakes. The reminiscences of Athens are typical of a lifelong obsession—to find an outlet later on in Veranilda. On literary reclame, he says much that is true—if not the whole truth, in the apophthegm for instance, 'You have to become famous before you can secure the attention which would give fame.' Biffen, it is true, is a somewhat fantastic figure of an idealist, but Gissing cherished this grotesque exfoliation from a headline by Dickens—and later in his career we shall ...
— The House of Cobwebs and Other Stories • George Gissing

Words linked to "Apophthegm" :   apothegm, aphorism, axiom, maxim

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