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epigram

Definition:

a witty saying

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Related to:

epigrammatic

Plural:

epigrams

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

quip

Etymology:

Middle English, from Old French epigramme, from Latin epigramma, from Greek,...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Epigram

a brief, interesting, memorable, and sometimes surprising or satirical statement. Derived from the Greek: ἐπίγραμμα epigramma "inscription" from ἐπιγράφειν epigraphein "to write on - inscribe", this literary device has been... (30 of 1549 words, 1 image)

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Epigram (disambiguation)

a short poem with a clever twist, or a concise and witty statement. Epigram may also refer to: Epigram (programming language), a functional programming language with dependent types | Epigram (newspaper), the independent student newspaper of the ... (36 of 88 words, 3 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

epigram | epigrammatic [adjective, derived]

a witty, often paradoxical remark, concisely expressed | a short, pungent, and often satirical poem, especially one having a witty and ingenious ... (21 of 429 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/epigram

Britannica Encyclopedia:

epigram [poetic form]

originally an inscription suitable for carving on a monument, but since the time of the Greek Anthology applied to any brief and pithy verse, ... (24 of 358 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/189941​/epigram

Merriam-Webster:

epigram | adage [synonym, sense-specific] | aphorism [synonym, sense-specific] | apothegm [synonym, sense-specific] | byword [synonym, sense-specific] | saying [synonym, sense-specific] | maxim [synonym, sense-specific] | proverb [synonym, sense-specific] | saw [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a concise poem dealing pointedly and often satirically with a single thought or event and often ending with an ingenious turn of thought | a terse, ... (25 of 134 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/epigram

Columbia Encyclopedia:

epigram

a short, polished, pithy saying, usually in verse, often with a satiric or paradoxical twist at the end. The term was originally applied by the Greeks ... (26 of 133 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0817489​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

epigram | epigrammatist [derived] | epigrammatize [derived]

a pithy saying or remark expressing an idea in a clever and amusing way | a short poem, especially a satirical one, with a witty or ingenious ending. (27 of 82 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/epigram

New World Dictionary:

epigram

a short poem with a witty or satirical point | any terse, witty, pointed statement, often with a clever twist in thought (Ex.: "Experience is the name ... (26 of 60 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epigram

American Heritage Dictionary:

epigram

A short, witty poem expressing a single thought or observation. | A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement. | Epigrammatic discourse or ... (19 of 57 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epigram

Macmillan British Dictionary:

epigram [countable] | epigrams [plural]

a short poem or sentence that expresses something such as a feeling or idea in a short and clever or funny way (22 of 47 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/epigram

Random House Dictionary:

epigram

any witty, ingenious, or pointed saying tersely expressed. | epigrammatic expression. | a short, often satirical poem dealing concisely with a single ... (20 of 47 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/epigram

Cambridge Dictionary:

epigram | epigrammatic [adjective, derived]

a short saying or poem which expresses an idea in a clever, funny way (14 of 37 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/epigram

Wiktionary:

epigram | epigrams [plural] | epigramme [sense-specific]

[obsolete] An inscription in stone. | A brief but witty saying. | A short, witty or pithy poem. (16 of 24 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/epigram

Encarta Dictionary:

epigram | epigrams [plural]

a concise, witty, and often paradoxical remark or saying | a short poem, often expressing a single idea, that is usually satirical and has a witty ... (25 of 83 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608828​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

epigram

Origin: Middle English, from Old French epigramme, from Latin epigramma, from Greek, from epigraphein, to mark the surface, ... (17 of 28 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epigram

New World Dictionary:

epigram

Origin: Middle English from Old French epigramme from Latin epigramma from Greek, inscription, epigram from epigraphein from epi-, ... (17 of 23 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epigram

Online Etymology:

epigram

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: Middle French √©pigramme, from Latin epigramma "an inscription", from Greek epigramma "an inscription, epitaph, epigram", from ... (18 of 23 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=epigram

Merriam-Webster:

epigram

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English epigrame, from Latin epigrammat-, epigramma, from Greek, from epigraphein to write on, inscribe, from epi- + graphein to write

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/epigram

Oxford Dictionary:

epigram

Origin: late Middle English: from French épigramme, or Latin epigramma, from Greek, from epi "upon, in addition" + gramma (see "-gram1")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/epigram

Collins Dictionary:

epigram

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin epigramma, from Greek: inscription, from epigraphein to write upon, from graphein to write

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/epigram

Wiktionary:

epigram | epigrams [plural]

Origin: Latin epigramma, from Ancient Greek ἐπίγραμμα (epigramma) "inscription".

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/epigram

Encarta Dictionary:

epigram | epigrams [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin epigramma from Greek from graphein "write"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608828​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

epigram | epigrams [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "epigram"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/epigram

Collins Dictionary:

epigram

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "epigram"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/epigram

Macmillan British Dictionary:

epigram [countable] | epigrams [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "epigram"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/epigram

Macmillan American Dictionary:

epigram [countable] | epigrams [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "epigram"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/epigram

Cambridge Dictionary:

epigram

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "epigram"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "epigram"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/epigram

the Free Dictionary:

epigram

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "epigram"

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Google Dictionary:

epigram | epigrams [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "epigram"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

epigram

Audio: North American pronunciation of "epigram"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=epigra​01 word=epigram

YourDictionary Audio:

epigram

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "epigram" by speech synthesizer

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