from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A terse, witty, instructive saying; a maxim.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short, witty, instructive saying; an aphorism or maxim.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A short, pithy, and instructive saying; a terse remark, conveying some important truth; a sententious precept or maxim.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark, conveying some important truth; a sententious precept or maxim. Also spelled apophthegm.
- n. Synonyms Aphorism, Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short pithy instructive saying
Greek apophthegma, from apophthengesthai, to speak plainly : apo-, intensive pref.; see apo- + phthengesthai, phtheg-, to speak.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Mid 16th century: from French apophthegme or Medieval Latin apothegma, from Ancient Greek, from ἀποφθέγγομαι (apophthengomai, "speak out") (Wiktionary)