Epigram | Epigram Meaning, Definition, Illustration


Epigram | Epigram Meaning, Definition, Illustration

Epigram Epigram Meaning, Definition, Illustration

Epigram Meaning, Definition, Illustration

Epigram | Epigram Meaning, Definition, Illustration

This figure consists in an apparent contradiction in language which, by causing temporary shock, rouses our attention to some deeper meaning underlying it. An epigram is often brief and witty. Example

The child is the father of man.

This statement contains an apparent verbal contradiction, but a thoughtful examination reveals that there is a general truth in the statement i.e. the habits and inclinations of a child give us almost an idea of what he will like when he grows up.

More Examples:

  1. He makes no friend, who never makes a foe.
  2. He is in all faults, who has no fault at all.
  3. Language is the art of concealing thoughts.
  4. Our antagonist is our helper.
  5. The more corrupt the state is, the more numerous the laws are.–Tacitus
  6. Defend me from my friends.
  7. None can teach well who wants to teach.
  8. I am not young enough to know everything. –Oscar Wilde
  9. Art lies in concealing art.
  10. The king is dead, long live the king!
  11. Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing. -Oscar Wilde
  12. Cowards die many times before their death. –Shakespeare.
  13. I can resist everything but temptation. — Oscar Wilde
  14. Silence is sometimes more eloquent than words.
  15. Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. – John F. Kennedy
  16. The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.
  17. No one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend.
  18. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  19. It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
  20. I am starting with the man in the mirror. –Michael Jackson.
  21. Blessed are the peacemakers. –Jesus Christ.
  22. There is neither a moral book nor an immoral book. Books are well-written or badly written. That is all.
  23. To define the beautiful is to misunderstand it. 0 0 0.

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