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Adage appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Egad, an adage.
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Definition of the noun adage

What does adage mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: adages

  1. a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

Alternative definition of the noun adage


  1. An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use.
  2. An old saying, which has been overused or considered a cliché; a trite maxim.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for adage

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Google previewDifference Equations with Public Health Applications (2000)

by Lemuel A. Moyé, Asha Seth Kapadia

A familiar medical school adage is that physicians cannot diagnose a disease they know nothing about. Similarly, quantitative students in public health cannot consider utilizing difference equations to formulate a public vii Preface.

Google previewGetting It Right the First Time (2005)

Creating a Healthy Marriage by Barry McCarthy, Emily J. McCarthy

A favorite adage is that when marital sexuality is healthy, it is a small, but integral, component. Good sex contributes 15 to 20 percent to marital satisfaction and vitality. The main functions of marital sexuality are as a shared pleasure, to deepen ...

Google previewWeep for Africa (2014)

A Rhodesian Light Infantry Paratrooper's Farewell to Innocence by Jeremy Hall

The 'King and Country' adage is a pile of shit. If, back then in 1973, we of the Danie Theron/Schmidtsdrift intake had been called to a border war to repel hordes, it would have been good odds that we would ...

Google previewG3 (2013)

The Gift of You, Leadership and Netgiving by Tim Cork

The old adage is that jerks are jerks because they don't realize they're ...

Google previewA Biological Brain in a Cultural Classroom (2003)

Enhancing Cognitive and Social Development Through Collaborative Classroom Management by Robert Sylwester

The old adage is that the quantity of student misbehavior is directly related to the quality of the teacher's behavior. Well, OK, plus a lot of other things that teachers can't control. The reality, though, Managing Biological and Cultural Range 159 ...

Google previewHurricane Climatology (2013)

A Modern Statistical Guide Using R by James B. Elsner, Thomas H. Jagger

The adage is that you can use statistics to say anything. But this assumes deceit. Without statistics anything you say is mere opinion. Recent upward trends in hurricane activity have spurred a debate as to the cause. Statistics helps clarify the ...

Google previewUncertain Rule-Based Fuzzy Systems (2017)

Introduction and New Directions, 2nd Edition by Jerry M. Mendel

The former adage is the motivation for modeling linguistic terms (words) using type-2 fuzzy sets, whereas the latter adage is the motivation for keeping only overlapping intervals. 21Some of the material in this section is adapted from 6.5 ...

Google previewDictionary of Rhetorical Terms (2010)

by Gregory T. Howard

Appeal: Pathos, Logos Adage (æ-ded3): One of several terms describing short, pithy sayings, or traditional expressions of conventional wisdom. Example: The early ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

ADAGE, n. 1/Zd'dj [F. adage—-from L. addgifmt, a proverb]: a ...

Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1905)

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Cat 1' the Adage (The).

Google previewAn elementary dictionary, or cyclopædiæ, for the use of maltsters, brewers [&c.]. (1838)

by George Adolphus Wigney

Adage. tion to commence germination evenly together ; and that the vegetation of the whole should proceed in equable concert ; that it should not be harvested until fully ripe ; and that it should not be malted until it has sweat well in the mow.

Google previewA Thesaurus Dictionary of the English Language (1906)

Designed to Suggest Immediately Any Desired Word Needed to Express Exactly a Given Idea; a Dictionary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms, Foreign Phrases, Pronunciations, a Copious Correlation of Words, Prepared Under the Supervision of Francis Andrew March ... and Francis Andrew March, Jr by Francis Andrew March

Adage. A brief saying that has obtained credit or force by long Aphorism. A brief statement of speculative or scientific truth. Apophthegm. A terse, instructive saying regarding practical matApothegm. s ters. Axiom. Any proposition that men ...

Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1898)

by Walter William Skeat

ADAGE, a saying, proverb. (F.. -L.) Used by Hall; Hen. IV, an. 9 (R.1 - F. adage, ' an adage, proverb, old said saw , ...

Google previewThe Modern World Dictionary of the English Language ... (1896)

To which is Added a Compendium of Historical, Biographical, Geographical, Scientific, Religious, and Sociological Names, and a Complete Summary of Human Achievement in the Nineteenth & Twentieth Centuries ... by Robert Hunter, Charles Morris

[In Fr, adage; from Lat. Adagium = a proverb, an adage.] A proverb or short sentence, embodying a ...

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I've always believed in the adage that the secret of eternal youth is arrested development. (Alice Roosevelt Longworth)
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Scrabble value of A1D2A1G2E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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