- a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism.
Origin of apothegm
Related Wordsaphorism, dictum, adage, theorem, proverb, motto, axiom, meaning, significance, maxim, epigram, witticism, saw, statement, saying, byword, commonplace, belief, truism, epithet
Examples from the Web for apophthegm
As some say, Solon was the author of the apophthegm, "Nothing in excess."Familiar Quotations
This apophthegm is one of the landmarks of religious history.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians
G. G. Findlay
He has inspired me with an apophthegm, however—let us give Bonvoisin his due!To Tell You the Truth
Madame de Staël repeats this apophthegm in her work on Germany.Rejected Addresses
He re-read the apophthegm with a slower and more solemn utterance.Crome Yellow
- a short cryptic remark containing some general or generally accepted truth; maxim
- a variant spelling of apophthegm
Word Origin and History for apophthegm
"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.