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epigram    : ['ɛpəgr,æm]
Epigram \Ep"i*gram\, n. [L. epigramma, fr. Gr. ? inscription,
epigram, fr. ? to write upon, 'epi` upon ? to write: cf. F.
['e]pigramme. See {Graphic}.]
1. A short poem treating concisely and pointedly of a single
thought or event. The modern epigram is so contrived as to
surprise the reader with a witticism or ingenious turn of
thought, and is often satirical in character.
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Dost thou think I care for a satire or an epigram?
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Note: Epigrams were originally inscription on tombs, statues,
temples, triumphal arches, etc.
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2. An effusion of wit; a bright thought tersely and sharply
expressed, whether in verse or prose.
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3. The style of the epigram.
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Antithesis, i. e., bilateral stroke, is the soul of
epigram in its later and technical signification.
--B. Cracroft.

n 1: a witty saying [synonym: {epigram}, {quip}]

148 Moby Thesaurus words for "epigram":
Atticism, English sonnet, Horatian ode, Italian sonnet,
Petrarchan sonnet, Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet,
abridgment, adage, alba, ana, anacreontic, analects, aphorism,
apophthegm, apothegm, axiom, balada, ballad, ballade, bon mot,
boutade, bright idea, bright thought, brilliant idea, bucolic,
byword, canso, catchword, chanson, clerihew, collected sayings,
conceit, crack, current saying, dictate, dictum, dirge, distich,
dithyramb, double entendre, eclogue, elegy, epic, epithalamium,
epode, epopee, epopoeia, epos, equivoque, expression, facetiae,
flash of wit, flight of wit, georgic, ghazel, gibe, gnome,
golden saying, haiku, happy thought, idyll, jeu de mots, jingle,
limerick, lyric, madrigal, maxim, monody, moral, mot, motto,
narrative poem, nasty crack, nursery rhyme, ode, oracle, palinode,
paronomasia, pastoral, pastoral elegy, pastorela, pastourelle,
persiflage, phrase, pithy saying, play of wit, play on words,
pleasantry, poem, precept, prescript, prothalamium, proverb,
proverbial saying, proverbs, pun, quip, quips and cranks, repartee,
retort, rhyme, riposte, rondeau, rondel, roundel, roundelay, sally,
satire, saw, saying, scintillation, sentence,
sententious expression, sestina, sloka, smart crack, smart saying,
snappy comeback, song, sonnet, sonnet sequence, stock saying,
stroke of wit, sutra, tanka, teaching, tenso, tenzone, text,
threnody, triolet, troubadour poem, turn of phrase,
turn of thought, verse, verselet, versicle, villanelle, virelay,
wisdom, wisdom literature, wise saying, wisecrack, witticism, word,
words of wisdom

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  • EPIGRAM | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    epigram definition: 1 a short saying or poem that expresses an idea in a clever, funny way: 2 a short saying or poem that expresses an idea in an amusing way Learn more
  • Epigram definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    An epigram is a short saying or poem which expresses an idea in a very clever and amusing way Synonyms: witticism , quip , aphorism , bon mot More Synonyms of epigram COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary
  • Epigram definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    Epigram definition: An epigram is a short saying or poem which expresses an idea in a very clever and amusing | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples
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  • epigram | Definition of epigram in English by Oxford . . .
    Definition of epigram - a pithy saying or remark expressing an idea in a clever and amusing way Definition of epigram in English: epigram either comic or serious,’ is to get the ‘most meaning you can into the smallest amount of space ’’
  • Epigram - definition of epigram by The Free Dictionary
    In those days conversation was still cultivated as an art; a neat repartee was more highly valued than the crackling of thorns under a pot; and the epigram, not yet a mechanical appliance by which the dull may achieve a semblance of wit, gave sprightliness to the small talk of the urbane
  • Epigram | Definition of Epigram by Merriam-Webster
    Ancient Greeks and Romans used the word epigramma (from Greek epigraphein, meaning "to write on") to refer to a concise, witty, and often satirical verse The Roman poet Martial (who published eleven books of these epigrammata , or epigrams, between the years 86 and 98 C E ) was a master of the form: "You puff the poets of other days, the living you deplore
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