The memorable saying of an 'old man'. 'Give me a word' is a key phrase in the desert tradition. The 'word' is not an explanation or a consoling suggestion; it is a word given in order to create life and bring the one who receives it to God and salvation. It is a word that is truly life-giving if it is not discussed or argued over, but simply received and integrated into life. These apophthegms were always given to individuals to fit their own needs and circumstances and this should be remembered when using a collection such as this.


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  • Apophthegm — Ap oph*thegm, n. See {Apothegm}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apophthegm — (n.) see APOTHEGM (Cf. apothegm) …   Etymology dictionary

  • apophthegm — (US apothegm) ► NOUN ▪ a concise saying stating a general truth. ORIGIN Greek apothegma, from apophthengesthai speak out …   English terms dictionary

  • apophthegm — [ap′ə them΄] n. APOTHEGM …   English World dictionary

  • Apophthegm — Apothegm Ap o*thegm, Apophthegm Ap oph*thegm, n. [Gr. apo fqegma thing uttered, apothegm, from apofqe ggesqai to speak out; apo from + fqe ggesqai to speak.] A short, pithy, and instructive saying; a terse remark, conveying some important truth;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apophthegm — chiefly British variant of apothegm …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • apophthegm — apophthegmatic /ap euh theg mat ik/, apophthegmatical, adj. /ap euh them /, n. apothegm. * * * …   Universalium

  • apophthegm — n. apothegm, concise saying; concise saying which expresses a general truth; proverb …   English contemporary dictionary

  • apophthegm — [ apəθɛm] (US apothegm) noun a concise saying or maxim. Derivatives apophthegmatic θɛg matɪk adjective Origin C16: from Fr. apophthegme or mod. L. apothegma, from Gk, from apophthengesthai speak out …   English new terms dictionary

  • apophthegm — ap•o•phthegm [[t]ˈæp əˌθɛm[/t]] n. lit. apothegm …   From formal English to slang

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