Epigram Definition

ĕpĭ-grăm
epigrams
noun
epigrams
A short poem with a witty or satirical point.
Webster's New World
Any terse, witty, pointed statement, often with a clever twist in thought (Ex.: “Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes”)
Webster's New World
Epigrammatic discourse or expression.
American Heritage
Use of the epigram.
Webster's New World
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.
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Other Word Forms of Epigram

Noun

Singular:
epigram
Plural:
epigrams

Origin of Epigram

  • Middle English from Old French epigramme from Latin epigramma from Greek from epigraphein to mark the surface, inscribe epi- epi- graphein to write gerbh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French épigramme, from Latin epigramma, from Ancient Greek ἐπίγραμμα (epigramma, “inscription”).

    From Wiktionary

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