Definition of apophthegmatic in English:


(US apothegmatic)


  • See apophthegm

    • ‘But the text consists for the most part of apophthegmatic generalizations about the topic, about the superficiality, the confusion and ineffectiveness of social theory about ageing and old people, and about the fundamentally paradoxical and inconsistent situation of these old people in the social structure.’
    • ‘The style, when it is not terse and apophthegmatic, as of one trying to imitate Bacon, is stiff with conceits and long-winded sentences.’
    • ‘Before Socrates, Greek philosophers were seers rather than reasoners: the apophthegmatic character of their utterances affects to be the result rather of intuition than of reasoning.’
    • ‘As Jane's work got better and better - and readers noticed - my language and structure departed from its old habits and veered away from the kind of lyric that Jane was writing, toward irony and an apothegmatic style.’
    • ‘Whereas quotations with an apothegmatic feel are normally ascribed to Shaw, those with a more grandiose or belligerent tone are almost automatically credited to Churchill.’
    • ‘Boswell's Life retains its extraordinary immediacy; it has recorded his soundbites for posterity and shaped history's opinion of the learned, apophthegmatic Doctor.’
    • ‘The first half, therefore, is static, full of apothegmatic insights and reflections about human nature.’
    • ‘They are terse, allusive, disconnected, apothegmatic and hard to follow.’
    • ‘For brevity is both an apophthegmatic thing and a gnomic one, and it is more clever to gather much thought in a small space, just as in seeds the potentialities of whole trees are gathered.’
    • ‘The sutra states the doctrine in a apophthegmatic form; the bhasya is a commentary on it; and the vartika is an elucidation of the commentary.’
    • ‘Although my grandfather had uttered many maxims or phrases of speech which have stuck with me, and which I am frequently conscious of as being maxims of action, or apothegmatic summaries of reasons for my behavior, what it most cogently gave me was a silent code of behavior toward which, in my most elevated moments, I live up.’
    • ‘The picture is completed by his apophthegmatic liner notes in English, French and German.’
    • ‘A sequence of beautiful frames will not make up a good movie and neither will a selection of apothegmatic lines picked up from a philosophy manual.’
    • ‘There are terse and objective descriptions of observed phenomena, apothegmatic passages, riddles and allegories, as well as fanciful narratives.’