American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or having the nature of an epigram.
- adj. Containing or given to the use of epigrams.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dealing in epigrams; speaking or writing in epigram: as, an epigrammatic poet.
- Suitable to epigrams; belonging to epigrams; having the quality of an epigram; antithetical; pointed: as, epigrammatic style or wit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Writing epigrams; dealing in epigrams.
- Suitable to epigrams; belonging to epigrams; like an epigram; pointed; piquant.
- adj. terse and witty and like a maxim
- Latin epigrammaticus, from Greek epigramma, epigrammat-, epigram; see epigram. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Heretofore Biblical writers have given to us battles, laws, histories, songs; now we have in Solomon's writings a new style in short, epigrammatic sentences.”
“But it is an elegy with no tears, only a clear-headed acknowledgment that, in the novel's most famous epigrammatic nugget of wisdom, "If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”
“He was quite as able to be terse and memorable when in conversation and, like Oscar Wilde (who was, like him, disconcertingly vast when seen at close quarters), seems seldom to have been off duty when it came to the epigrammatic and aphoristic.”
“This is the deeper meaning behind the epigrammatic phrase of the novel and film--"Who is John Galt?”
“If I had Bill Bryson's wit and epigrammatic suavity and his ability to make each datum ripple seamlessly into the next.”
“She was herself a humorist -- writing entertaining light verses -- and a vivacious talker 'uniting,' it was said, 'strong common sense with a lively imagination' and a crisp epigrammatic phrase ....”
“The rhythmically taut, epigrammatic libretto by WH Auden and Chester Kallman makes tongue-twisting demands.”
“Those of us who love Maureen Dowd for the metaphysical conceits of her epigrammatic Swiftian op-eds feel itchy and uncomfortable with the intensification of this electronic gross-out contest.”
“They record his suave, erudite, epigrammatic peregrinations around Oxfordshire and Berkshire as the world economic collapse of that year took place around him.”
“Goethe embodied many of the contending strands in art over the next century: his work could be lushly emotional, and rigorously formal, brief and epigrammatic, and epic.”
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