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  • n. Plural form of apothegm.


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  • I'll give you apothegms of hate and epigrams of ire.

    Excerpt from Urdoxa 2.0

  • Great Regulars: A ferocious playfulness and self-mockery characterizes the poem, supersaturating its incantational language: the meaning of "die" as orgasm, here bizarrely linked to a prelude of prayer; the tradition of preaching at the execution place; compact apothegms like "Wonder hinders love and hate" or "Hope went on the wheel of lust."

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The overloaded appetite loathes even the honeycomb, and it is scarce a wonder that the knight, mortified and harassed with misfortunes and abasement, became something impatient of hearing his misery made, at every turn, the ground of proverbs and apothegms, however just and apposite.

    The Talisman

  • Three of his apothegms dwell in the public memory: “The heart and the tongue are the best and worst parts of the human body.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Both titles, it turned out, are taken from apothegms by Muriel Rukeyser, who must have been alive at the time to give them her imprimatur.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • Short of temper and long on charm, he spoke with an accent all his own, used archaic words like "my get" to mean his offspring and peppered his speech with folksy apothegms, including, "Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day."

    Squire of Indemnity Was a Louisville Legend

  • In one of his gnomic apothegms, the Greek sage Heraclitus said that the way forward is the way back.

    Classical Realism: Antidote to 'Novelty Art'

  • Her phrases were poems, riddles, lyric apothegms, fleeing with the speed of thought.

    'White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson'

  • This maxim, when examined into, will be found nothing more than a puerile remark, just like many other apothegms consecrated by their antiquity.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • However, during the two hours consecrated to digestion, the cooper, more facetious than he had ever been in his life, uttered a number of his own particular apothegms, — a single one of which will give the measure of his mind.

    Eug�nie Grandet


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