Origin of apothegm
Examples from the Web for apothegm
“Laugh and grow fat” is an apothegm which all people cannot follow, but our mother did in the most satisfactory manner.Marmaduke Merry|William H. G. Kingston
Ex nihilo nihil is an apothegm indorsed alike by the profoundest metaphysicians and the rudest savages.The Myths of the New World|Daniel G. Brinton
Belonging to the same species of Apothegm is what is called the Gnome, a universal expression about life stated briefly.Essays and Miscellanies|Plutarch
He delighted to express his opinions by an apothegm, illustrate them by a parable, or drive them home by a story.
Let me die upon this apothegm, for I shall never make a truer one.P.'s Correspondence (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")|Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for apothegm
Word Origin and History for apothegm
"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.