any witty, ingenious, or pointed saying tersely expressed.
epigrammatic expression: Oscar Wilde had a genius for epigram.
a short, often satirical poem dealing concisely with a single subject and usually ending with a witty or ingenious turn of thought.
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How to use epigram in a sentence
It was only when I left home that I realized how unusual it was to have a mother and grandmother who tossed off perfect pies the way some people drop witty epigrams — and how borderline miraculous their pie crusts were.America forgot how to make proper pie. Can we remember before it’s too late? | Megan McArdle | July 1, 2021 | Washington Post
Morton emailed me the following epigram from the poet Humbert Wolfe.
"And she would sacrifice Him and all his archangels to an epigram," thought Isabel, who was somewhat shocked.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
"I wonder if she has ever tried to condense rudeness into an epigram," said Isabel viciously, pausing in her narrative.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Page after page—full of caustic satire, humorous sally and profound epigram—fairly bristles with merriment.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for epigram
a witty, often paradoxical remark, concisely expressed
a short, pungent, and often satirical poem, esp one having a witty and ingenious ending
- epigrammatic, adjective
- epigrammatically, adverb
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
Cultural definitions for epigram
Any pithy, witty saying or short poem. An aphorism can serve as an epigram, if it is brief.
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