from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of apothegm.
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- n. Alternative spelling of apothegm.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See apothegm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. etc. See apothegm, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short pithy instructive saying
On folio 239. occurs the following apophthegm, which is the one relating to the subject before us: --
Collier did so, and found that the moral of the Old Bachelor, the grave apophthegm which is to be a set-off against all the libertinism of the piece, is contained in the following triplet: --
Halpern Sr had always had a gift for the grouchy apophthegm.
Yeah, my wife is a teacher, so I'm extra biased, but that rubbish apophthegm has always engendered a desire in me to give its adherents a thrashing with a buggy whip.
Patriotism having become one of our topicks, Johnson suddenly uttered, in a strong determined tone, an apophthegm, at which many will start: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."
Indeed, this apophthegm he seldom repeated since his marriage, except in the company of a very few intimates, to whose secrecy and discretion he could trust.
For once, however, this apophthegm failed; the next call was altogether as ineffectual as the former; and moreover, attended with a phenomenon which to them was equally strange and inexplicable: this was no other than such a reduction in the size of Mrs. Trunnion as might have been expected after the birth of a full-grown child.
To do Mrs Wilson justice, her nocturnal harangues upon such occasions not unfrequently terminated with this sage apophthegm, which always prefaced the producing of some provision a little better than ordinary, such as she now placed before him.
Patriotism having become one of our topicks, Johnson suddenly uttered, in a strong determined tone, an apophthegm, at which many will start: ‘Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.’
He delivered this apophthegm with emphasis, and repeated it in another form.
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