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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 proverb. [1913 Webster] Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would," Like the poor cat i' the adage. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: Axiom; maxim; aphorism; proverb; saying; saw; apothegm. See Axiom. [1913 Webster]