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1. Definition and related forms

Proverbs are statements of rules of life (understood as recommendations for action or declarations of fact [2. 98 f.]), restricted in validity (to a certain addressee group or a certain situation), made with a certain popular appeal [6. 211] in a relatively standardized form [4]; [10] and with diverse functions that vary according to situation [8. 1292].

The English “proverb” and the cognates in the Romance l…

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Peil, Dietmar, “Proverb”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027897>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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