Definition of epigrammatic in US English:



  • Of the nature or in the style of an epigram; concise, clever, and amusing.

    ‘an epigrammatic style’
    • ‘He re-inserts an oft-skipped scene about settling financial matters, and he deadens scene after scene by turning the epigrammatic dialogue into a minefield.’
    • ‘The prose is of a rare stateliness and intelligence, studded with clever, sometimes almost epigrammatic mots.’
    • ‘It is the most witty and epigrammatic of all Taylor's works.’
    • ‘His fragments are in a pointed, epigrammatic style, probably due to sophistic influence.’
    • ‘Bacon, in his Essays, adopts an epigrammatic style.’
    • ‘He is marvelous in a rare recording of the complete Op 11, giving emphasis to the epigrammatic qualities of these elegant works.’
    • ‘Even on his very first visit to New York, in 1932, and rather like Oscar Wilde before him, Dali captivated journalists and the general public with examples of an outrageous, epigrammatic wit.’
    • ‘This epigrammatic style is fun, but if repeated one becomes aware that it points as much towards the author's cleverness as the subject in hand.’
    • ‘Indeed, what makes him such an entertaining lyricist and interviewee is the way he manages to dress witheringly cynical comments and spitefully barbed put-downs in such verbal finery and succinct epigrammatic wit.’
    • ‘Despite the pain, and his reliance on liquid morphine to control it, his style is almost epigrammatic and always to the point.’
    • ‘Such sketches are sprinkled throughout the memoirs, often interspersed with pithy, epigrammatic reflections on Brecht, Wittgenstein and Oscar Wilde and asides on subjects such as the film cliché or the comic jest.’
    • ‘In length he prefers the epigrammatic and in form he is an adept formalist, acknowledging his antecedents in the farmer-poets of the past, Frost, Horace and Theognis.’
    • ‘His epigrammatic paragraphs turn the photographs they puzzle over into allegories and metaphors.’
    • ‘And on that epigrammatic, but fundamentally flawed theory, I'll leave you.’
    • ‘The Uruguayan writes in short, epigrammatic sentences and breaks up his book into many chapters, each running to not more than half-a-dozen paragraphs.’
    • ‘It poses a series of rhetorical questions on how a poet may be recognized and ends in an epigrammatic fashion, revealing its answer succinctly at the end.’
    • ‘Along the way the reader continually encounters hard nuggets of epigrammatic truth.’
    • ‘Their ethereal, angular post-punk replication is competent but anonymous, and their lyrics are epigrammatic bordering on cryptic, serving as ideal, nondescript verbal placeholders.’
    • ‘The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is famous for saying you cannot stand in the same river twice; La Rochefoucauld perfected this epigrammatic style in the 17th century in his Maximes.’
    • ‘So the short form doesn't get the credit it deserves, but to people who have a taste for the epigrammatic, the short form has an incomparable allure.’
    concise, succinct, terse, pithy, aphoristic, compact, condensed, compressed, short, brief
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