1. [syn: proverb, adage, saw, byword]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Adage \Ad"age\, n. [F. adage, fr. L. adagium; ad + the root of
L. aio I say.]
An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use; a
Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would,"
Like the poor cat i' the adage. --Shak.
Syn: Axiom; maxim; aphorism; proverb; saying; saw; apothegm.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important
fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
[syn: proverb, adage, saw, byword]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
44 Moby Thesaurus words for "adage":
ana, analects, aphorism, apothegm, axiom, byword, catchword,
collected sayings, current saying, dictate, dictum, distich,
epigram, expression, gnome, golden saying, maxim, moral, mot,
motto, oracle, phrase, pithy saying, precept, prescript, proverb,
proverbial saying, proverbs, saw, saying, sentence,
sententious expression, sloka, stock saying, sutra, teaching, text,
verse, wisdom, wisdom literature, wise saying, witticism, word,
words of wisdom
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
ADAGE, n. Boned wisdom for weak teeth.