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(v. i.) To write or utter proverbs.
(n.) 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.
(v. t.) To provide with a proverb.
(n.) A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference.
(n.) A striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable.
(n.) A drama exemplifying a proverb.
(v. t.) To name in, or as, a proverb.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Proverb'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/p/proverb.html. 1828.