Definition of epigrammatic in English:



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

    ‘an epigrammatic style’
    • ‘The prose is of a rare stateliness and intelligence, studded with clever, sometimes almost epigrammatic mots.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is the most witty and epigrammatic of all Taylor's 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is marvelous in a rare recording of the complete Op 11, giving emphasis to the epigrammatic qualities of these elegant works.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Along the way the reader continually encounters hard nuggets of epigrammatic truth.’
    • ‘His fragments are in a pointed, epigrammatic style, probably due to sophistic influence.’
    • ‘Bacon, in his Essays, adopts an epigrammatic style.’
    • ‘Their ethereal, angular post-punk replication is competent but anonymous, and their lyrics are epigrammatic bordering on cryptic, serving as ideal, nondescript verbal placeholders.’
    • ‘And on that epigrammatic, but fundamentally flawed theory, I'll leave you.’
    • ‘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.’
    concise, succinct, terse, pithy, aphoristic, compact, condensed, compressed, short, brief
    laconic, sparing, clipped, elliptical
    tight, crisp, incisive, pointed, to the point, short and sweet
    witty, clever, amusing, quick-witted, piquant, ingenious
    sharp, trenchant, well tuned, finely honed, in well-chosen words
    lapidary, compendious, synoptic, gnomic, apophthegmatic
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Early 17th century: from late Latin epigrammaticus, from Latin epigramma (see epigram).