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Definition of PROVERBS

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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.
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     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.
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     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.
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     {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.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Proverb \Prov"erb\, v. t.
     1. To name in, or as, a proverb. [R.]
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              Am I not sung and proverbed for a fool ? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. To provide with a proverb. [R.]
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              I am proverbed with a grandsire phrase. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Proverb \Prov"erb\, v. i.
     To write or utter proverbs. [R.]
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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