- The definition of an epigram is a witty short poem or statement.
An example of an epigram is "Make crime pay: become a lawyer" by Will Rogers.
- a short poem with a witty or satirical point
- any terse, witty, pointed statement, often with a clever twist in thought (Ex.: “Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes”)
- use of the epigram
Origin of epigramMiddle English ; from Old French epigramme ; from Classical Latin epigramma ; from Classical Greek inscription, epigram ; from epigraphein ; from epi-, upon + graphein, to write: see graphic
- A short, witty poem expressing a single thought or observation.
- A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement.
- Epigrammatic discourse or expression.
Origin of epigramMiddle English, from Old French epigramme, from Latin epigramma, from Greek, from epigraphein, to mark the surface, inscribe : epi-, epi- + graphein, to write; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle French épigramme, from Latin epigramma, from Ancient Greek ἐπίγραμμα (epigramma, “inscription”).