epigram

Part of speech: noun

A pithy saying or brief poem.

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Usage examples "epigram":

  1. She had unwittingly made an epigram. - "From One Generation to Another", Henry Seton Merriman.
  2. A successful epigram at another's expense gives many of us more pleasure than a compliment paid to ourselves. - "'O Thou, My Austria!'", Ossip Schubin.
  3. Molly, says Dr. Johnson, was a beauty and a scholar, and a wit and a Whig; and she talked all in praise of liberty: and so I made this epigram upon her. - "Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson, LL.D. during the last twenty years of his life", Hesther Lynch Piozzi.