First things first! All quotes, proverbs, idioms, aphorisms, expressions, etc., are terms. The definition of a term is a word or group of words that has a special meaning, a specific time period or a condition of a contract. In this case, it is the first definition or a word or group of words that has a special meaning. Second, all the terms are typically nouns and sometimes they’re verbs. The definition of a noun is a word that functions as the name of some specific thing or set of things, such as living creatures, objects, places, actions, qualities, states of existence, or ideas. A verb is a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence, and forming the main part of the predicate of a sentence, such as hearbecomehappen. I don’t profess to be an expert in English by any means, so if I am wrong on this, or anything else on this page, please do not hesitate to contact me with a polite suggestions for correction.


  1. repeat or copy out (a group of words from a text or speech), typically with an indication that one is not the original author or speaker. “he quoted a passage from the Psalms”Similar: recite, repeat, say again, reproduce, restate, retell, echo, iterate, parrot, take extract, excerpt. derive, misquote. ingeminate
  2. give someone (the estimated price of a job or service). “the agent quoted him a fare of $180″Similar: estimate, state, set tender, bid, offer, price something at
  1. a quotation from a text or speech. “a quote from Wordsworth”
  2. a quotation giving the estimated cost for a particular job or service.”quotes from different insurance companies”


  1. a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g. raining cats and dogs, see the light) Or, an expression in the usage of a language that is peculiar to itself either in having a meaning that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements (such as up in the air for “undecided”) or in its grammatically atypical use of words (such as give way)Similar: expression, idiomatic expression, turn of phrase, set phrase, fixed expression, locution· a form of expression natural to a language, person, or group of people. “he had a feeling for phrase or idiom”· the dialect of a people or part of a country.
  2. a characteristic mode of expression in music or art. “they were both working in a neo-impressionist idiom”


noun a short pithy saying in general use, stating a general truth or piece of advice. Or, a simple, concrete, traditional saying that expresses a perceived truth based on common sense or experience. Proverbs are often metaphorical and use formulaic language. Collectively, they form a genre of folklore. Similar: saying, adage, saw, maxim, axiom, motto, aphorism, epigram, gnome, dictum, precept, words of wisdom, catchphrase, slogan, byword, watchword, truism, platitude, cliché, bon mot, apothegm


noun a proverb or short statement expressing a general truth. “out of sight out of mind.” Note: an adage is a proverb that states a general truth, while a proverb may contain or offer a piece of advice. Adages are considered to be common and accepted truths because they have been in the usage for many years. Adages are typically quite eloquent because they have historical value and have held up over time. Similar: saying, maxim, axiom, proverb, aphorism, saw, dictum, precept, epigram, epigraph, motto, truism, platitude, cliché, commonplace,words of wisdom, pearls of wisdom, expression, phrase, formula, slogan, quotation, apothegm, gnome


noun a pithy observation that contains a general truth, such as, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”. Or, a brief saying or phrase that expresses an opinion or makes a statement of wisdom without the flowery language of a proverb. … For example, “A bad penny always turns up” is an aphorism for the fact that bad people or things are bound to turn up in life. We just have to deal with them when they do. More coming soon!
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