a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism.
As some say, Solon was the author of the apophthegm, “Nothing in excess.”
Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
This apophthegm is one of the landmarks of religious history.
The Expositor’s Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians G. G. Findlay
The lump of earth, being taken somewhat by surprise, was not prepared with an apophthegm, and said nothing.
Cobwebs From an Empty Skull Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
He has inspired me with an apophthegm, however—let us give Bonvoisin his due!
To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
Madame de Staël repeats this apophthegm in her work on Germany.
Rejected Addresses James Smith
He re-read the apophthegm with a slower and more solemn utterance.
Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
He delivered this apophthegm with emphasis, and repeated it in another form.
New Grub Street George Gissing
I was still pondering over this apophthegm, when Crofton aroused me by pushing across the table a great heap of gold.
A Day’s Ride Charles James Lever
I should prefer to reverse the apophthegm, and to say that in life I see the promise and potency of all forms of matter.
Mysterious Psychic Forces Camille Flammarion
They did not dream of the apophthegm that knowledge is power; and that we become strong by subduing nature to our will.
Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3) John Henry Newman
a short cryptic remark containing some general or generally accepted truth; maxim
a variant spelling of apophthegm
“pithy saying,” 1550s, from Greek apophthegma “terse, pointed saying,” literally “something clearly spoken,” from apophthengesthai “to speak one’s opinion plainly,” from apo- “from” (see apo-) + phthengesthai “to utter.” See aphorism for nuances of usage. Spelling apophthegm, restored by Johnson, is preferred in England, according to OED.
a small, concave, outward curve joining the shaft of a column, especially a classical column, to its base. Also called hypophyge. a similar curve joining the shaft of a column to its capital. Historical Examples The apophyge is the inverted cavetto or concave sweep, on the upper edge of which the diminishing shaft rests. Encyclopaedia […]
a hydrous potassium and calcium silicate mineral occurring in white crystals. Historical Examples apophyllite, a species of mineral of a foliated structure and pearly lustre, called also fish-eye stone. The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2 Various apophyllite always occurs as distinct crystals, which belong to the tetragonal system. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume […]
Anatomy, Botany. an outgrowth; process; projection or protuberance. Architecture, . Historical Examples apophysis, any irregular swelling; the enlargement at the base of the spore-case of the Umbrella-Moss. The Elements of Botany Asa Gray No ctenidium, but a pulmonary cavity; operculum with an apophysis. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 5 Various The central region […]
Anatomy, Botany. an outgrowth; process; projection or protuberance. Architecture, . noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz) a process, outgrowth, or swelling from part of an animal or plant (geology) a tapering offshoot from a larger igneous intrusive mass apophysis a·poph·y·sis (ə-pŏf’ĭ-sĭs) n. pl. a·poph·y·ses (-sēz’) An outgrowth or projection of an organ or part, especially an outgrowth […]