Epigram meaning

ĕpĭ-grăm
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A short poem with a witty or satirical point.
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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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A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement.
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Epigrammatic discourse or expression.
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Any terse, witty, pointed statement, often with a clever twist in thought (Ex.: “Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes”)
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Use of the epigram.
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A short, witty or pithy poem.

When an epigram one's composin',

Brevity is key,

Of stanzas: one should be chosen,

And of lines: one more than three.

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A short, witty poem expressing a single thought or observation.
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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