- a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism.
Origin of apothegm
Examples from the Web for apothegm
I remembered this apothegm of Jane's, which sounded well, and fitted in nicely just here.A Pessimist
An apothegm is a terse statement of what is plain or easily proved.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
That a style of this kind should be rich in apothegm is not surprising.Francis Beaumont: Dramatist
Charles Mills Gayley
But the truth of this apothegm was not sustained in the present instance.Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion
St. George Tucker
It has been an apothegm these five thousand years, that toil sweetens the bread it earns.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- a variant spelling of apophthegm
Word Origin and History for apothegm
"pithy saying," 1550s, from Greek apophthegma "terse, pointed saying," literally "something clearly spoken," from apophthengesthai "to speak one's opinion plainly," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + phthengesthai "to utter." See aphorism for nuances of usage. Spelling apophthegm, restored by Johnson, is preferred in England, according to OED.