Definitions for proverbˈprɒv ərb
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proverb, adage, saw, byword(noun)
a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
A phrase expressing a basic truth which may be applied to common situations.
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
a striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable
a familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference
a drama exemplifying a proverb
to name in, or as, a proverb
to provide with a proverb
to write or utter proverbs
A proverb is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or the practical experience of humanity. They are often metaphorical. A proverb that describes a basic rule of conduct may also be known as a maxim. Proverbs are often borrowed from similar languages and cultures, and sometimes come down to the present through more than one language. Both the Bible and medieval Latin have played a considerable role in distributing proverbs across Europe, although almost every culture has examples of its own.
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