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 for epigram
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Epigram \Ep"i*gram\, n. [L. epigramma, fr. Gr. ? inscription,
     epigram, fr. ? to write upon, 'epi` upon + ? to write: cf. F.
     ['e]pigramme. See Graphic.]
     1. A short poem treating concisely and pointedly of a single
        thought or event. The modern epigram is so contrived as to
        surprise the reader with a witticism or ingenious turn of
        thought, and is often satirical in character.
        [1913 Webster]
              Dost thou think I care for a satire or an epigram?
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: Epigrams were originally inscription on tombs, statues,
           temples, triumphal arches, etc.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. An effusion of wit; a bright thought tersely and sharply
        expressed, whether in verse or prose.
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     3. The style of the epigram.
        [1913 Webster]
              Antithesis, i. e., bilateral stroke, is the soul of
              epigram in its later and technical signification.
                                                    --B. Cracroft.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a witty saying [syn: epigram, quip]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  148 Moby Thesaurus words for "epigram":
     Atticism, English sonnet, Horatian ode, Italian sonnet,
     Petrarchan sonnet, Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet,
     abridgment, adage, alba, ana, anacreontic, analects, aphorism,
     apophthegm, apothegm, axiom, balada, ballad, ballade, bon mot,
     boutade, bright idea, bright thought, brilliant idea, bucolic,
     byword, canso, catchword, chanson, clerihew, collected sayings,
     conceit, crack, current saying, dictate, dictum, dirge, distich,
     dithyramb, double entendre, eclogue, elegy, epic, epithalamium,
     epode, epopee, epopoeia, epos, equivoque, expression, facetiae,
     flash of wit, flight of wit, georgic, ghazel, gibe, gnome,
     golden saying, haiku, happy thought, idyll, jeu de mots, jingle,
     limerick, lyric, madrigal, maxim, monody, moral, mot, motto,
     narrative poem, nasty crack, nursery rhyme, ode, oracle, palinode,
     paronomasia, pastoral, pastoral elegy, pastorela, pastourelle,
     persiflage, phrase, pithy saying, play of wit, play on words,
     pleasantry, poem, precept, prescript, prothalamium, proverb,
     proverbial saying, proverbs, pun, quip, quips and cranks, repartee,
     retort, rhyme, riposte, rondeau, rondel, roundel, roundelay, sally,
     satire, saw, saying, scintillation, sentence,
     sententious expression, sestina, sloka, smart crack, smart saying,
     snappy comeback, song, sonnet, sonnet sequence, stock saying,
     stroke of wit, sutra, tanka, teaching, tenso, tenzone, text,
     threnody, triolet, troubadour poem, turn of phrase,
     turn of thought, verse, verselet, versicle, villanelle, virelay,
     wisdom, wisdom literature, wise saying, wisecrack, witticism, word,
     words of wisdom

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  EPIGRAM, n.  A short, sharp saying in prose or verse, frequently
  characterize by acidity or acerbity and sometimes by wisdom. 
  Following are some of the more notable epigrams of the learned and
  ingenious Dr. Jamrach Holobom:
          We know better the needs of ourselves than of others.  To
      serve oneself is economy of administration.
          In each human heart are a tiger, a pig, an ass and a
      nightingale.  Diversity of character is due to their unequal
          There are three sexes; males, females and girls.
          Beauty in women and distinction in men are alike in this: 
      they seem to be the unthinking a kind of credibility.
          Women in love are less ashamed than men.  They have less to be
      ashamed of.
          While your friend holds you affectionately by both your hands
      you are safe, for you can watch both his.

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