From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Adage \Ad"age\, n. [F. adage, fr. L. adagium; ad + the root of
   L. aio I say.]
   An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use; a
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         Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would,"
         Like the poor cat i' the adage.          --Shak.
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   Syn: Axiom; maxim; aphorism; proverb; saying; saw; apothegm.
        See Axiom.
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