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Definition of "apothegm" []

  • A terse, witty, instructive saying; a maxim. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "apothegm" in a sentence
  • "The whole “pass now, fix later” apothegm is naive."
  • "We'll let Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl complete that apothegm in the time-honoured way."
  • "In practical terms, it becomes akin to the line about owing a bank a billion dollars, though recent events may have given the lie to that apothegm."