motto

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. maxim, adage, precept, device.
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(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. maxim, adage, saying, saw, epigram, aphorism, apothegm, pretty sentiment, slogan, catchword, watchword, byword, catch phrase, axiom, sententious phrase; see also proverb , saying .
See Synonym Study at saying . Familiar mottoes include: in God we trust; one from many, e pluribus unum (Latin); time flies, tempus fugit (Latin); seize the day, carpe diem (Latin); art for art's sake, ars pro arte (Latin); art is long and time is fleeting, ars longa, vita brevis (Latin); hail and farewell, ave atque vale (Latin); rest in peace, requiescat in pace (Latin), R.I.P.; peace be with you, pax vobiscum (Latin); love conquers all, labor conquers all, amor omnia vincit, labor omnia vincit (Latin); one for all and all for one; I came, I saw, I conquered, veni, vidi, vici (Latin); home sweet home, God bless our home, don't tread on me, thus be it always with tyrants, sic semper tyrannis (Latin); liberty, equality, fraternity, liberté , égalité , fraternité (French); God and my right, Dieu et mon droit (French), honi soit qui mal y pense (French), shamed be anyone who thinks evil of it; all is lost save honor, tout est perdu fors l'honneur (French); don't give up the ship; remember the Alamo; Our Country, right or wrong; abandon hope, all ye who enter here; knowledge is power; winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
maxim, adage, aphorism, saying, proverb, axiom, truism, principle, slogan, epigram, saw.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. A usually pithy and familiar statement expressing an observation or principle generally accepted as wise or true: adage, aphorism, byword, maxim, proverb, saw, saying. See WORDS. 2. A rallying term used by proponents of a cause: battle cry, call to arms, call to battle, cry, rallying cry, war cry. See WORDS.

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  • motto — (n.) 1580s, from It. motto a saying, legend attached to a heraldic design, from L.L. muttum grunt, word, from L. muttire to mutter, mumble, murmur (see MUTTER (Cf. mutter)) …   Etymology dictionary

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