Example sentences for: adages

How can you use “adages” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Luckily, the world of proverbs, sayings, adages, maxims, and plain old saws is various enough to say anything you want.

  • But sainthood, I learned soon enough, is a fateWorse than life, nights on call for the demonsIn a vomiting lamb, a dry breast, a broken radio,And days spent parroting the timeless adages,Spent arbitrating water rights, property lines,Or feuds between rival herdsmen over scrub brush,Spent blessing every bride and anyone's big-belliedFourth or fifth wife, praying that they deliver sons.I thought back to the time, not ten feet from him,I heard a homily delivered by old John XXIII,Sounding wholly seraphic in his murmured Italian.

  • With few exceptions, they appear to be phrases ( bridging loan, wide open, Hyde Park railings ), adages or proverbs ( Don't be after breaking your shin on a stool that is not in your way, When the wheat lies long in bed, it rises with a heavy head, The water that comes from the same spring cannot be both fresh and salt, Better feed five drones than starve one bee ), and, occasionally, individual words ( beeswax business, grape-vine, stagnant ).

  • As Roger Wescott has shown (in a 1980 article), epigrams also evolved from proverbs and adages.


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