Epigram



[ep-i-gram] /ˈɛp ɪˌgræm/

noun
1.
any witty, ingenious, or pointed saying tersely expressed.
2.
expression:
Oscar Wilde had a genius for epigram.
3.
a short, often satirical poem dealing concisely with a single subject and usually ending with a witty or ingenious turn of thought.
/ˈɛpɪˌɡræm/
noun
1.
a witty, often paradoxical remark, concisely expressed
2.
a short, pungent, and often satirical poem, esp one having a witty and ingenious ending
n.

mid-15c., from Middle French épigramme, from Latin epigramma “an inscription,” from Greek epigramma “an inscription, epitaph, epigram,” from epigraphein “to write on, inscribe” (see epigraph). Related: Epigrammatist.

Any pithy, witty saying or short poem. An aphorism can serve as an epigram, if it is brief.

Note: Several authors are noted for their epigrams, including Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde. One of Wilde’s epigrams is “I can resist everything except temptation.”

Note: Two other words are similar: an epigraph is usually an inscription, as on a statue; an epitaph can be such an inscription or it can be a brief literary note commemorating a dead person.

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