a witty saying
An inscription in stone.
A brief but witty saying.
A short, witty or pithy poem.
Origin: From epigramma, from ἐπίγραμμα (epigramma) "inscription".
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
an effusion of wit; a bright thought tersely and sharply expressed, whether in verse or prose
the style of the epigram
Origin: [L. epigramma, fr. Gr. inscription, epigram, fr. to write upon, 'epi` upon + to write: cf. F. pigramme. See Graphic.]
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
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. epigramma—epi, upon, gramma, a writing—graphein, to write.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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. 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.
The numerical value of epigram in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of epigram in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall.
What is an epigram A dwarfish whole, its body brevity, and wit its soul.
What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole, its body brevity, and wit its soul.
An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly.
An epigram is a flashlight of a truth; a witticism, truth laughing at itself.
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