V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: an old saying, now accepted as being truthful

Synonyms: proverb, aphorism, maxim, saying, motto


Tips: Adage is derived from the Latin adagium, which means, "I say." Think of an old saying. Adage is often used in the expression "old adage," although all adages are old, in the sense that their credibility has been established through their repetition.

Usage Examples:

As the adage says, it's always darkest just before the dawn. (maxim, saying)

I try to live my life by the adage, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." (maxim, motto)

He likes to state old adages in place of giving real advice. (proverbs)

My mother has an adage for every situation and is well-known for her repetitive advice. (saying, maxim)

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