(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. saw, maxim, proverb, adage, epigram, dictum, ipse dixit. See affirmation.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. mentioning, making clear, revealing, pointing out, giving out, remarking, noting, announcing, noticing, claiming, stating, affirming, maintaining, asserting, attesting to, certifying to, testifying to, alleging, informing, phrasing, stressing, demonstrating, averring, avouching, vouching, insisting on, publicizing, advertising, making public, swearing, implying, propounding, observing, drafting a proposition, making an announcement, making a statement, making a declaration.
go without saying,
Syn. be obvious, be self-evident, need no justification.
Syn. aphorism, saw, adage, maxim, apothegm, epigram, gnome, byword, motto, proverb, precept, dictum.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
maxim, proverb, truism, adage, aphorism, epigram, cliche, slogan, saw, motto.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Something said: statement, utterance, word. See WORDS. 2. A usually pithy and familiar statement expressing an observation or principle generally accepted as wise or true: adage, aphorism, byword, maxim, motto, proverb, saw. See WORDS.

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