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NOUN (1)

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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Proverb \Prov"erb\, n. [OE. proverbe, F. proverbe, from L. proverbium; pro before, for + verbum a word. See Verb.] 1. An old and common saying; a phrase which is often repeated; especially, a sentence which briefly and forcibly expresses some practical truth, or the result of experience and observation; a maxim; a saw; an adage. --Chaucer. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. A striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable. [1913 Webster] His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. --John xvi. 29. [1913 Webster] 3. A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference. [1913 Webster] Thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a by word, among all nations. --Deut. xxviii. 37. [1913 Webster] 4. A drama exemplifying a proverb. [1913 Webster] Book of Proverbs, a canonical book of the Old Testament, containing a great variety of wise maxims. [1913 Webster] Syn: Maxim; aphorism; apothegm; adage; saw. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Proverb \Prov"erb\, v. t. 1. To name in, or as, a proverb. [R.] [1913 Webster] Am I not sung and proverbed for a fool ? --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To provide with a proverb. [R.] [1913 Webster] I am proverbed with a grandsire phrase. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Proverb \Prov"erb\, v. i. To write or utter proverbs. [R.] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

proverb 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:

52 Moby Thesaurus words for "proverb": adage, ana, analects, aphorism, apophthegm, apothegm, axiom, bromide, byword, catchword, cliche, coin a phrase, collected sayings, commonplace, current saying, dictate, dictum, distich, epigram, expression, gnome, golden saying, homily, maxim, moral, mot, motto, oracle, phrase, pithy saying, platitude, precept, prescript, proverbial saying, proverbs, saw, saying, sentence, sententious expression, sloka, stock saying, sutra, teaching, text, truism, verse, wisdom, wisdom literature, wise saying, witticism, word, words of wisdom
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Proverb a trite maxim; a similitude; a parable. The Hebrew word thus rendered (mashal) has a wide signification. It comes from a root meaning "to be like," "parable." Rendered "proverb" in Isa. 14:4; Hab. 2:6; "dark saying" in Ps. 49:4, Num. 12:8. Ahab's defiant words in answer to the insolent demands of Benhadad, "Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off," is a well known instance of a proverbial saying (1 Kings 20:11).