What does epigram mean?

Definitions for epigramˈɛp ɪˌgræm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. epigram, quip(noun)

    a witty saying


  1. epigram(Noun)

    An inscription in stone.

  2. epigram(Noun)

    A brief but witty saying.

  3. epigram(Noun)

    A short, witty or pithy poem.

  4. Origin: From epigramma, from ἐπίγραμμα (epigramma) "inscription".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Epigram(noun)

    a short poem treating concisely and pointedly of a single thought or event. The modern epigram is so contrived as to surprise the reader with a witticism or ingenious turn of thought, and is often satirical in character

  2. Epigram(noun)

    an effusion of wit; a bright thought tersely and sharply expressed, whether in verse or prose

  3. Epigram(noun)

    the style of the epigram

  4. Origin: [L. epigramma, fr. Gr. inscription, epigram, fr. to write upon, 'epi` upon + to write: cf. F. pigramme. See Graphic.]


  1. Epigram

    An epigram is a brief, interesting, memorable, and sometimes surprising or satirical statement. Derived from the Greek: ἐπίγραμμα epigramma "inscription" from ἐπιγράφειν epigraphein "to write on – inscribe", this literary device has been employed for over two millennia.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Epigram

    ep′i-gram, n. any concise and pointed or sarcastic saying: a short poem on one subject ending with an ingenious thought.—adjs. Epigrammat′ic, -al, relating to or dealing in epigrams: like an epigram: concise and pointed.—adv. Epigrammat′ically.—v.t. Epigram′matise, to make an epigram on.—n. Epigram′matist, one who writes epigrams. [Through Fr. and L., from Gr. epigrammaepi, upon, gramma, a writing—graphein, to write.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Epigram

    in modern usage, is a neat, witty, and pointed utterance briefly couched in verse form, usually satiric, and reserving its sting to the last line; sometimes made the vehicle of a quaintly-turned compliment, as, for example, in Pope's couplet to Chesterfield, when asked to write something with that nobleman's pencil;—

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. epigram

    1. A vividly expressed truth that is so, or not, as the case may be. 2. A dash of wit and a jigger of wisdom, flavored with surprise.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of epigram in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of epigram in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    What is an epigram A dwarfish whole, its body brevity, and wit its soul.

  2. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole, its body brevity, and wit its soul.

  3. Edwin P. Whipple:

    An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly.

  4. Sbastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort:

    Most of those who make collections of verse or epigram are like men eating cherries or oysters they choose out the best at first, and end by eating all.

  5. John Updike:

    To say that war is madness is like saying that sex is madness: true enough, from the standpoint of a stateless eunuch, but merely a provocative epigram for those who must make their arrangements in the world as given.

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