apophthegm

[ap-uh-them]
See more synonyms for apophthegm on Thesaurus.com
Related formsap·o·phtheg·mat·ic [ap-uh-theg-mat-ik] /ˌæp ə θɛgˈmæt ɪk/, ap·o·phtheg·mat·i·cal, adjective

apothegm

or ap·o·phthegm

[ap-uh-them]
noun
  1. 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018


Examples from the Web for apophthegm

Historical Examples of apophthegm


British Dictionary definitions for apophthegm

apophthegm

apothegm

noun
  1. 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

apothegm

noun
  1. a variant spelling of apophthegm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for apophthegm
n.

see apothegm.

apothegm

n.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper