epigram epigram  /ˈɛ pə ˌɡræm/


  • (n) a witty saying


  1. His speech was laced with epigrams and that kept the audience riveted, engaged and amused.
  2. John's famous epigram, 'Watch what we do, not what we say' came home to bite him when he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
  3. The more one sees this marvel of technology the more one is convinced of Arthur C. Clarke's epigram that 'any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.'


  • Snobbish? Yes, but at least we're tidy

    Travel and Leisure magazine has declared the Twin Cities to be the fourth most snobbish city in America. I’m tempted to respond with a dismissive French epigram, but they probably wouldn’t get it.
    on July 7, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune


  1. Wilde is now known for more than his wit (As Dorothy Parker wrote, "If, with the literate, I am/ Impelled to make an epigram,/ I never seek to take the credit;/ We all assume that Oscar said it") and the iconic libel trial that resulted from the...
    on Jul 22, 2008 By: Dorothy Parker Source: guardian.co.uk

  2. Now, in his 70s, the former Newsweek correspondent has written what may be his finest novel, "The Stalin Epigram," which dramatizes the horrific events that followed after the great Russian poet Osip Mandelstam wrote a 16-line epigram that...
    on May 31, 2009 By: Osip Mandelstam Source: Washington Post

  3. GK Chesterton wrote: "Almost every one of Shaw's plays is an expanded epigram."
    on Feb 15, 2008 By: GK Chesterton Source: guardian.co.uk

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