An example of an epigram is "Make crime pay: become a lawyer" by Will Rogers.
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”).