n. witty thought or saying, usually short; short, witty poem expressing a single thought or observation
The disadvantage of the epigram is the temptation it affords to good people to explain it to the others who are assumed to be too obtuse to comprehend it alone.
Sentence in Classic:
We have been told what happens when a woman deliberates; and the epigram is not always terminable with woman, provided that one be in the case, and that a fair one.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context