V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: a short, clever expression or poem
Synonyms: aphorism, proverb, witticism, quip
Tips: An epigram is often only a sentence long, but tends to carry an unexpected and amusing twist at the end. It is the most condensed form of poetry, where every word counts toward its sharpened point.
The talk show host was known for his jokes and epigrams. (quips, proverbs)
The epigram with which the comic ends his show is the funniest part of the whole evening. (quip, aphorism)
It is difficult to write an epigram, where wit is condensed and honed, that inspires thought. (witticism, quip)
With her background in songwriting, she has a natural talent for creating funny epigrams on the spot. (witticisms, quips)
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