from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short pithy saying in frequent and widespread use that expresses a basic truth or practical precept. See Synonyms at saying.
- n. See Table at Bible.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A phrase expressing a basic truth which may be applied to common situations.
- v. To write or utter proverbs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An old and common saying; a phrase which is often repeated; especially, a sentence which briefly and forcibly expresses some practical truth, or the result of experience and observation; a maxim; a saw; an adage.
- n. A striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable.
- n. A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference.
- n. A drama exemplifying a proverb.
- transitive v. To name in, or as, a proverb.
- transitive v. To provide with a proverb.
- intransitive v. To write or utter proverbs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short pithy sentence, often repeated colloquially, expressing a well-known truth or a common fact ascertained by experience or observation; a popular saying which briefly and forcibly expresses some practical precept; an adage; a wise saw: often set forth in the guise of metaphor and in the form of rime, and sometimes alliterative.
- n. A byword; a reproach; an object of scorn or derision.
- n. In Scripture, an enigmatical utterance; a mysterious or oracular saying that requires interpretation.
- n. plural [capitalized] One of the books of the Old Testament, following the Book of Psalms. The full title is Proverbs of Solomon (i. 1).
- n. A dramatic composition in which some proverb or popular saying is taken as the foundation of the plot. Good examples are — “A Door must be either Open or Shut,” Alfred de Musset; “Still Water Runs Deep,”
- n. Synonyms Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.
- To utter in the form of a proverb; speak of proverbially; make a byword of.
- To provide with a proverb.
- To utter proverbs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
The proverb translates as advice to carry out a task in secret.
This proverb is adapted from a line by the author William Congreve: "Hell hath no fury like (what?)".
If the proverb is accurate, we should get a list of 40 days.
The performers were not intolerable, and the piece, which was what they call a proverb (a fable constructed so as to give a ludicrous verification or contradiction to an old saying), was amusing.
He started with what he called a proverb of the law, and repeated it so many times, I think I can never forget it, for it seemed to be the hook he hung all his argufying upon.
"They shall understand a proverb, even the interpretation, without which the proverb is a nut uncracked; when they hear a wise saying, though it be figurative, they shall take the sense of it, and know how to make use of it."
I did find it interesting that someone would conflate an old proverb with the teachings of Jesus, even though that proverb is in direct contradiction with those teachings.
I did find it interesting that someone would conflate an old proverb with the teachings of Jesus, even though that proverb is in direct contradiction with those teachings. bizarrobrain
Perhaps the Chinese proverb is the truest: “think about the misfortune of others to be satisfied with your own lot.” posted by redbarren at 5: 47 PM
The Hollywood proverb is if you dont know who lunch is, you probably are.