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. Oscar Levant:

    An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall.

  2. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

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

  3. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

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

  4. Edwin P. Whipple:

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

  5. Minna Antrim:

    An epigram is a flashlight of a truth; a witticism, truth laughing at itself.

Images & Illustrations of epigram

  1. epigramepigramepigram

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