Know Your Next Word : adage

16. adage :

noun :

a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation : proverb

usage :

  • Did she sense the proverbial limp in my walk: proverbial as the Somali adage in which it is said that a lie has a lame leg, truth a healthy one.

  • We may find out too late the wisdom of the adage that cautions us to be careful what we wish for lest we get it.

  • The scholar Erasmus published a well-known collection of adages as Adagia in 1508.

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