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[ep-i-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌɛp ɪ grəˈmæt ɪk/
of or like an epigram; terse and ingenious in expression.
containing or favoring the use of epigrams.
Also, epigrammatical.
Origin of epigrammatic
1695-1705; < Latin epigrammaticus < Greek epigrammatikós, equivalent to epigrammat- (stem of epígramma) epigram + -ikos -ic
Related forms
epigrammatically, adverb
[ep-i-gram-uh-tiz-uh m] /ˌɛp ɪˈgræm əˌtɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
nonepigrammatic, adjective
nonepigrammatically, adverb
unepigrammatic, adjective
unepigrammatically, adverb Unabridged
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  • He measured its value by its piquancy, by its adaptability to epigrammatic rhymes.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • "epigrammatic," said the King, shaking his finger sadly at him.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • In epigrammatic power, it was the strongest summary of the demands of the South.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • At Twickenham penned his caustic verse epigrammatic, smooth and terse.

  • Like most of his vocation, he was sparing of speech, and epigrammatic after his fashion.

  • They were often graceful and epigrammatic, but always sterling in their value and full of thought.

    The Arena Various
  • The negro is not witty or consciously humorous, or epigrammatic.

    Their Pilgrimage Charles Dudley Warner
  • His early humour is not epigrammatic, but cumulative and extensive.

    Mark Twain Archibald Henderson
  • "I choose death," he said, adopting the Wyandot's epigrammatic manner.

    The Riflemen of the Ohio

    Joseph A. Altsheler
Word Origin and History for epigrammatic

1704, shortened from epigrammatical (c.1600); see epigram.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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