Stylistic Devices - Epigram

What is an epigram?

An epigram refers to a concise, witty, memorable, and sometimes surprising or satirical statement. The origin of the word epigram is Greek, from epigraphein (epi- + graphein to write)


Some examples of epigram are listed below:

  • The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."
  • "I am not young enough to know everything."
    (Oscar Wilde)
  • "Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing."
    (Oscar Wilde)
  • "I can resist everything but temptation." - Oscar Wilde
  • "Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put and end to mankind." - John F. Kennedy
  • "No one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend."
    (Groucho Marx)

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