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adage Syllabification: ad·age

Definition of adage in English:


A proverb or short statement expressing a general truth: the old adage “out of sight out of mind.”
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  • Scientists have shown that there is a degree of truth in the old adage that love is blind.
  • They still exchange mnemonic sayings, adages and proverbs.
  • The adage, that truth is often stranger than fiction, is a huge understatement.
saying, maxim, axiom, proverb, aphorism, saw, dictum, byword, precept, motto, truism, platitude, cliché, apophthegm, commonplace


Mid 16th century: from French, from Latin adagium 'saying', based on an early form of aio 'I say'.

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