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Definition of Epigram


  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.
  2. An effusion of wit; a bright thought tersely and sharply expressed, whether in verse or prose.
  3. The style of the epigram.

Epigram Quotations

Somewhere in the world there is an epigram for every dilemma.
Hendrik Willem Van Loon

What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Most of those who make collections of verse or epigram are like men eating cherries or oysters: they choose out the best at first, and end by eating all.
Nicolas Chamfort

Feminine passion is to masculine as an epic is to an epigram.
Karl Kraus
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Epigram Translations

epigram in German is Sinngedicht
epigram in Hungarian is epigramma
epigram in Latin is lemma
epigram in Spanish is epigrama
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