a short, pithy saying (Ex.: “Brevity is the soul of wit”)
Origin of apothegmClassical Greek apophthegma, a terse, pointed saying from apophthengesthai from apo-, from + phthengesthai, to utter
A terse, witty, instructive saying; a maxim.
Origin of apothegmGreek apophthegma from apophthengesthai to speak plainly apo- intensive pref. ; see apo- . phthengesthai phtheg- to speak
- ap′o·theg·mat′ic ap′o·theg·mat′i·cal
Mid 16th century: from French apophthegme or Medieval Latin apothegma, from Ancient Greek, from ἀποφθέγγομαι (apophthengomai, “speak out”)