Meaning of apophthegm in English:


Pronunciation /ˈapəθɛm/

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  • A concise saying or maxim; an aphorism.

    ‘the apophthegm ‘tomorrow is another day’’
    • ‘His apophthegm, or maxim by which he is remembered, is: ‘All men are bad’ an unambiguous example of selection bias.’
    • ‘You belong where the witty apothegms of Lords, the silly moralities of matrons, the blinding high of opium, and the beauty of visual arts mingle to form one convoluted world.’
    • ‘Prose romances were rewritten as plays, old plays were rewritten as new, classical texts were translated, adapted, and plundered for moral sententiae, apothegms, and imagery.’
    • ‘It was shown in the last paper that the political apothegm there examined does not require that the legislative, executive, and judiciary departments should be wholly unconnected with each other.’
    • ‘At my request, one young Chinese woman (reared for most of her life in the United States) wrote the apothegm with only a moment's hesitation.’
    • ‘If anything he belabours the point overmuch in this play, so that, between the incessantly hammered-home moral point and his inability to speak in anything but apophthegms, one is quite tired out by the end.’
    • ‘The interface between syntax and pragmatics may in general be summarized in a Kantian apophthegm: pragmatics without syntax is empty; syntax without pragmatics is blind.’
    • ‘That should give you the flavor of this very enjoyable book; but I can't resist adding a couple of the apothegms that stood out to me.’
    • ‘These apothegms are, all of them, the stuff of professional politics.’
    • ‘This apothegm seems close to (what I guess was) the intended spirit of his comment, though it can't be used directly as a predicate applied to ‘the spelling reforms’, thus requiring additional restructuring of the phrase.’
    • ‘There is an apothegm of his, from 1959, that goes, ‘What's left after what one isn't is taken away is what one is.’’
    • ‘The point of the apophthegm is that after drinking wine he deprived himself of water until he got ill, a point lost by the translation here.’
    maxim, saying, proverb, aphorism, adage, saw, axiom, formula, expression, phrase, rule, dictum, precept, epigram, gnome


Mid 16th century from French apophthegme or modern Latin apothegma, from Greek, from apophthengesthai ‘speak out’.