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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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