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epigrammatic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj epigrammatic terse and witty and like a maxim "much given to apothegmatic instruction"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Epigrammatic Suitable to epigrams; belonging to epigrams; like an epigram; pointed; piquant; as, epigrammatic style, wit, or sallies of fancy.
    • Epigrammatic Writing epigrams; dealing in epigrams; as, an epigrammatical poet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • epigrammatic Dealing in epigrams; speaking or writing in epigram: as, an epigrammatic poet.
    • epigrammatic Suitable to epigrams; belonging to epigrams; having the quality of an epigram; antithetical; pointed: as, epigrammatic style or wit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Epigrammatic 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:

I was born epigrammatic, and my dying remark will be a paradox.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
We laughed amazingly at your epigrammatic witticisms; your reputation is already established here.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
That sounds almost epigrammatic.
"Found in the Philippines" by Charles King
In epigrammatic power, it was the strongest summary of the demands of the South.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
His tone was positive, his phrases epigrammatic, and I applauded heartily.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Where were those epigrammatic utterances?
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
This is the whole song, and nothing but the song: for negro melodies, of which the above is a specimen, are essentially epigrammatic.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
At the same time Mr. Snyder's epigrammatic remarks impressed him.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
We retain from Burke to-day the sonorous generalisations, the epigrammatic maxims, which each of us applies in his own way.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
Occasionally he is epigrammatic "Strong enemies," he says in one place, "are better to us than weak friends.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
There is nothing so unconvincing, so stultifying to one's statements, as to express them epigrammatically.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He had epigrammatic wit, curt, keen, and pointed.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
But the saying, if epigrammatic, is not strictly true.
"By-ways in Book-land" by William Davenport Adams
This often produces wit, and that quick pungency which excites surprise, but strikes with conviction; this gives it an epigrammatic turn.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Like Heine, Treitschke is incisive, epigrammatic.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
There is much epigrammatic writing in it that will delight the literary palate.
"Checkers" by Henry M. Blossom
In conversation a friend might happen to give forth some brilliant and very epigrammatic utterance.
"Japan" by Dorothy Menpes
His narrative and conversations find expression in short epigrammatic sentences.
"Belford's Magazine, Vol 2, December 1888" by Various
Phocylides of Miletus, a successor of Semonides by rather more than a century, composed in the same strain an epigrammatic satire on woman.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
But May bravely taking him in hand, he recovered his powers of speech and became epigrammatic and sparkling.
"The New Warden" by Mrs. David G. Ritchie
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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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