Epigram

Ep"i*gram

(?), n. [L. epigramma, fr. Gr. inscription, epigram, fr. to write upon, 'epi` upon + to write: cf. F. pigramme. See Graphic.] 1. A short poem treating concisely and pointedly of a single thought or event. The modern epigram is so contrived as to surprise the reader with a witticism or ingenious turn of thought, and is often satirical in character.
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Dost thou think I care for a satire or an epigram?
Shak.
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Epigrams were originally inscription on tombs, statues, temples, triumphal arches, etc.
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2. An effusion of wit; a bright thought tersely and sharply expressed, whether in verse or prose.
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3. The style of the epigram.
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Antithesis, i. e., bilateral stroke, is the soul of epigram in its later and technical signification.
B. Cracroft.

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Ep`i*gram*mat"ic

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Ep`i*gram*mat"ic*al

(?), }[L. epigrammaticus: cf. F. pigrammatique.] 1. Writing epigrams; dealing in epigrams; as, an epigrammatical poet.
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2. Suitable to epigrams; belonging to epigrams; like an epigram; pointed; piquant; as, epigrammatic style, wit, or sallies of fancy.
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