One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A concise saying or maxim; an aphorism.
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- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘These apothegms are, all of them, the stuff of professional politics.’
- ‘His apophthegm, or maxim by which he is remembered, is: ‘All men are bad’ an unambiguous example of selection bias.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century: from French apophthegme or modern Latin apothegma, from Greek, from apophthengesthai ‘speak out’.
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