paroimia: a byword, a parable, an allegoryOriginal Word: παροιμία, ας, ἡPart of Speech:
an allegory, proverbDefinition:
a cryptic saying, an allegory; a proverb, figurative discourse.
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
from paroimos (by the way)Definition
a byword, a parable, an allegoryNASB Translation
figurative language (2), figure of speech (2), proverb (1).
Thayer'sSTRONGS NT 3942: παροιμίαπαροιμία
by, aside from (cf. παρά
, IV. 2), and οἶμος
way), properly, a saying out of the usual course
or deviating from the usual manner of speaking
654, 15; but Hesychius
under the word, et al., 'a saying heard by the wayside' (παρά
, IV. 1), i. e. a current or trite saying, proverb
; cf. Curtius
, § 611; Stephanus
' Thesaurus, under the word), hence,
1. a clever and sententious saying, a proverb (Aeschylus Ag. 264; Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch, others; examples from Philo are given by Hilgenfeld, Die Evangelien, p. 292f (as de ebriet. § 20; de Abr. § 40; de vit. Moys. i. § 28; ii. § 5; de exsecrat. § 6); for מָשָׁל in Proverbs 1:1; Proverbs 25:1 the Alex. manuscript; Sir. 6:35, etc.): τό τῆς παροιμίας, what is in the proverb (Lucian, dial. mort. 6, 2; 8, 1), 2 Peter 2:22.
2. any dark saying which shadows forth some didactic truth, especially a symbolic or figurative saying: παροιμίαν λέγειν, John 16:29; ἐν παροιμίαις λαλεῖν, ibid. 25; "speech or discourse in which a thing is illustrated by the use of similes and comparisons; an allegory, i. e. extended and elaborate metaphor": John 10:6.<1>
From a compound of para and perhaps a derivative of oiomai; apparently a state alongside of supposition, i.e. (concretely) an adage; specially, an enigmatical or fictitious illustration -- parable, proverb.
see GREEK para
see GREEK oiomai