apophthegm

[ ap-uh-them ]
/ ˈæp əˌθɛm /

noun

Related formsap·o·phtheg·mat·ic [ap-uh-theg-mat-ik] /ˌæp ə θɛgˈmæt ɪk/, ap·o·phtheg·mat·i·cal, adjective

Definition for apophthegm (2 of 2)

apothegm

or ap·o·phthegm

[ ap-uh-them ]
/ ˈæp əˌθɛm /

noun

a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism.

Origin of apothegm

1545–55; earlier apothegma < Greek apóphthegma, equivalent to apophtheg- (variant stem of apophthéngesthai to speak out; apo- apo- + phthéngesthai to speak) + -ma noun suffix
Related formsap·o·theg·mat·ic [ap-uh-theg-mat-ik] /ˌæp ə θɛgˈmæt ɪk/, ap·o·theg·mat·i·cal, adjectiveap·o·theg·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedadage aphorism apothegm axiom maxim proverb
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British Dictionary definitions for apophthegm (1 of 2)

apophthegm

apothegm

/ (ˈæpəˌθɛm) /

noun

a short cryptic remark containing some general or generally accepted truth; maxim
Derived Formsapophthegmatic or apothegmatic (ˌæpəθɛɡˈmætɪk), adjective

Word Origin for apophthegm

C16: from Greek apophthegma, from apophthengesthai to speak one's opinion frankly, from phthengesthai to speak

British Dictionary definitions for apophthegm (2 of 2)

apothegm

/ (ˈæpəˌθɛm) /

noun

a variant spelling of apophthegm
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