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Definition of proverb:

  1. A short sentence expressing a well- known truth, or common fact familiar to experience; a maxim of wisdom; a maxim which is enigmatical; a by- word. Proverbs, a canonieal book of the Old Test, abounding in wise maxims bearing on the conduct of life.

Common misspellings for proverb:


Proverb \p-rove-rb, pr(o)-verb\

Proverb as a boy's name is of English origin, and the meaning of Proverb is "saying". From Proverbs, a book of the Old Testament. Rare. Football player Proverb Jacobs.

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Examples of usage for proverb:

  1. The proverb or adage gives homely truth in condensed, practical form, the adage often pictorial. " Hope deferred maketh the heart sick" is a proverb; " The cat loves fish, but dares not wet her feet," is an adage. Both the proverb and the adage, but especially the latter, are thought of as ancient and widely known. An aphorism partakes of the character of a definition; it is a summary statement of what the author sees and believes to be true. An apothegm is a terse statement of what is plain or easily proved. The aphorism is philosophical, the apothegm practical. A dictum is a statement of some person or school, on whom it depends for authority; as, a dictum of Aristotle. A saying is impersonal, current among the common people, deriving its authority from its manifest truth or good sense; as, it is an old saying, " the more haste, the worse speed." A saw is a saying that is old, but somewhat worn and tiresome. Precept is a command to duty; motto or maxim is a brief statement of cherished truth, the maxim being more uniformly and directly practical; " God is love" may be a motto, " Fear God and fear naught," a maxim. The precepts of the Sermon on the Mount will furnish the Christian with invaluable maxims or mottoes. A byword is a phrase or saying used reproachfully or contemptuously.
  2. No, not so, said one fellow, for it is an old proverb, 'That fish should swim.
  3. Hark'e, Madam, only one thing; did you never hear an old Proverb; He that has a House of Glass shou'd never throw Stones at his Neighbours?

Quotes for proverb:

  1. Until a friend or relative has applied a particular proverb to your own life, or until you've watched him apply the proverb to his own life, it has no power to sway you. - Nicholson Baker
  2. I believe there's no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences. - Miguel de Cervantes
  3. I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar. - Miguel de Cervantes
  4. A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one. - Lord John Russell
  5. The proverb warns that 'You should not bite the hand that feeds you.' But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself. - Thomas Szasz
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