A ploughboy's epigram would not have seemed more out of place.
A satire, an epigram, or a caricature may suffice to produce such a conviction.
"With Italy and with you," said Mr. Goodwood with gloomy plainness and no appearance of trying to make an epigram.
Satirical allegory, epigram, and other kinds, had numerous examples.
See our Memorial-Introduction for an impudent appropriation of this epigram.
She missed Cecil's epigram, but grasped the feeling that prompted it.
Oddly enough, this last Cockney epigram clings to my memory.
And that reminds me: George has written an epigram that is going the rounds.
"I wasn't thinking," he answered, searching guiltily for an epigram.
You would sacrifice anybody, Harry, for the sake of an epigram.
mid-15c., from Middle French épigramme, from Latin epigramma "an inscription," from Greek epigramma "an inscription, epitaph, epigram," from epigraphein "to write on, inscribe" (see epigraph). Related: Epigrammatist.
Any pithy, witty saying or short poem. An aphorism can serve as an epigram, if it is brief.
Note: Several authors are noted for their epigrams, including Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde. One of Wilde's epigrams is “I can resist everything except temptation.”
Note: Two other words are similar: an epigraph is usually an inscription, as on a statue; an epitaph can be such an inscription or it can be a brief literary note commemorating a dead person.