- a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb.
Origin of adage
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- a traditional saying that is accepted by many as true or partially true; proverb
Word Origin for adage
C16: via Old French from Latin adagium; related to āio I say
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1540s, Middle French adage, from Latin adagium "adage, proverb," apparently from adagio, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + *agi-, root of aio "I say," from PIE *ag- "to speak." But Tucker thinks the second element is rather ago "set in motion, drive, urge."
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