apothegm

or ap·o·phthegm

[ ap-uh-them ]
/ ˈæp əˌθɛm /

noun

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

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM apothegm

ap·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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH apothegm

adage aphorism apothegm axiom maxim proverb
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British Dictionary definitions for apothegm

apothegm
/ (ˈæpəˌθɛm) /

noun

a variant spelling of apophthegm
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