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Epigrammatical

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Epigrammatical Suitable to epigrams; belonging to epigrams; like an epigram; pointed; piquant; as, epigrammatic style, wit, or sallies of fancy.
    • Epigrammatical Writing epigrams; dealing in epigrams; as, an epigrammatical poet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • epigrammatical Same as epigrammatic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Epigrammatical relating to or dealing in epigrams: like an epigram: concise and pointed
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. epigrammaticus,: cf. F. épigrammatique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. and L., from Gr. epigrammaepi, upon, gramma, a writing—graphein, to write.

Usage

In literature:

There is the same cynicism, the same epigrammatic wit.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
Religious meditation does not harmonise with epigrammatical satire.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
I was humorous concerning roop, epigrammatic on the subject of the hired retainer and Edwin.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
But, as you say, one mustn't be epigrammatic and clever.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in Two Volumes Vol. II" by Edward FitzGerald
Life itself is epigrammatic and brief enough.
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley
Out of a disciplined and fertile mind he pours forth epigrammatic sentences and suggestions in a fashion which recalls Emerson.
"Education and the Higher Life" by J. L. Spalding
Some day she may give us something better than these tingling, pulsing, mocking, epigrammatic morsels.
"Wild Nature Won By Kindness" by Elizabeth Brightwen
Make a collection of the epigrammatic sayings in this essay that you think are worth remembering.
"Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English" by Gilbert Sykes Blakely
He wrote as he talked, in quick, epigrammatic sentences.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
There is the same cynicism, the same epigrammatic wit.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
But the epigrammatic compliment, the well-prepared impromptu, the careful rehearsed inspiration, is out of date.
"Happy-Thought Hall" by F. C. Burnand
His style is clear and vigorous, and not unfrequently terse and epigrammatic.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The Haggada conveys its poetic message in the garb of allegory song, and chiefly epigrammatic saying.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
Some day she may give us something better than these tingling, pulsing, mocking, epigrammatic morsels.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
Mrs. Clinton's articulation was affected by a slight stammer, which, in my opinion, but added piquancy to her epigrammatic sayings.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
You write about it beautifully, even if you're not very virile or epigrammatic or passionate.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
It shall be paradoxical, epigrammatic, erudite, even vitriolic.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
The late Oscar Wilde had an almost unparalleled gift for witty epigrammatic dialogue.
"How to See a Play" by Richard Burton
A Canadian drama hardly exists; among its best works are the pleasantly epigrammatic plays of F.G. Marchand.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
His style has been criticised, and has been called affected and epigrammatic.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 354, April 1845" by Various
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In news:

Oscar Wilde's plays bristle with epigrammatic wit, but many of his short stories, despite dollops of irony, are unashamedly romantic.
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