1. any witty, ingenious, or pointed saying tersely expressed.
  2. epigrammatic expression: Oscar Wilde had a genius for epigram.
  3. a short, often satirical poem dealing concisely with a single subject and usually ending with a witty or ingenious turn of thought.


  1. a witty, often paradoxical remark, concisely expressed
  2. a short, pungent, and often satirical poem, esp one having a witty and ingenious ending

mid-15c., from Middle French √©pigramme, from Latin epigramma “an inscription,” from Greek epigramma “an inscription, epitaph, epigram,” from epigraphein “to write on, inscribe” (see epigraph). Related: Epigrammatist.

Any pithy, witty saying or short poem. An aphorism can serve as an epigram, if it is brief.

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