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 Gr, 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”).