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proverbs - Ologies & -Isms Definition
See also wisdom.adage a maxim, axiom, proverb, or old saying. analect 1. a fragment or extract from literature. 2. a collection of teachings, as the Analects of Confucius. aphorism a terse saying embodying a general truth, as “Time flies.” —aphorist, n. —aphorismic, aphorismical, aphoristic, adj. apothegmatist, apophthegmatist a creator of short, pithy instructive sayings; aphorist. —apothegmatic, apophthegmatic, apothegmatical, apophthegmatical, adj. —apothegm, apophthegm, n. bromide a trite saying; a platitude. epigram a pithy statement, often containing a paradox. —epigrammatist, n. gnomonology 1. a collection or anthology of gnomes, or aphorisms. 2. aphoristic writing. logia maxims or sayings attributed to a religious leader. See also christ. maxim a short, pithy statement that serves as a motto. —maximist, n. paroemia a rhetorical proverb. —paroemiac, adj. paroemiography, paremiography 1. the writing of proverbs. 2. the collecting of proverbs. —paroemiographer, n. paroemiology, paremiology the study of proverbs. —paroemiologist, paremiologist, n. proverbiology 1. proverbs taken as a group. 2. proverbs taken as a field of study. —proverbiologist, n. —proverbiological, adj. smartism an aphorism or witty saying.