ADAGE. sub. m. Proverbe. Il n'est guère d'usage qu'en plaisanterie, particulièrement dans cette phrase, On dit en commun adage. On dit aussi, D'un homme qui affecte un ton sentencieux, Il ne parle que par adages. On appelle Les Adages d'Érasme, Un recueil qu'Érasme a fait des Proverbes de la Langue Grecque et de la Langue Latine.

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