1A pithy saying or remark expressing an idea in a clever and amusing way.
- So, after weeks of intense preparation, I have come up with several epigrams so devastatingly clever in their sarcasm that my adversaries will be forced to admit defeat and submit to my will immediately.
- Many blogs feature in their heading a maxim, aphorism, saying, adage, axiom, saw, proverb, epigram or precept.
- This was one of the reasons that people spent more time making up pithy aphorisms and witty epigrams.
witticism, quip, jest, pun, bon mot;
saying, maxim, adage, aphorism, apophthegm
informal one-liner, wisecrack, (old) chestnut
1.1A short poem, especially a satirical one, having a witty or ingenious ending.
- He was one of the most versatile of Roman poets, who wrote love poems, elegies, and satirical epigrams with equal success.
- The papyrus bears 112 short poems called epigrams.
- The Greek Anthology, a collection of erotic and witty epigrams compiled from classical to Byzantine times, pales beside it.
- Example sentences
- ‘Painting is silent poetry,’ the Greek poet and epigrammatist Simonides wrote, ‘and poetry is painting that speaks.’
- Compared to her, Whitman is an epigrammatist.
- One grisly epigrammatist conceived an imaginary poem.
Late Middle English: from French épigramme, or Latin epigramma, from Greek, from epi 'upon, in addition' + gramma (see -gram1).
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