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”)