Pro*ver"bi*al (?), a. [L. proverbialis: cf. F. proverbial.]

1.

Mentioned or comprised in a proverb; used as a proverb; hence, commonly known; as, a proverbial expression; his meanness was proverbial.

In case of excesses, I take the German proverbial cure, by a hair of the same beast, to be the worst. Sir W. Temple.

2.

Of or pertaining to proverbs; resembling a proverb.

"A proverbial obscurity."

Sir T. Browne.

 

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