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I have two problems when using dictums with KOMA-Script.

  1. There is no space between the dictum and the following paragraph.
  2. The first paragraph chapter starts with an indent.

I'm able to make it look right by writing \bigskip\noindent under each dictum, but how can I redefine \dictum so that this happens automatically?

Minimal working example
\documentclass[a5paper]{scrreprt}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\begin{document}
\chapter{Chapter Title}
\dictum{An epigraph is a short quotation or saying at the beginning of a book or chapter, intended to suggest its theme.}
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vivamus eu efficitur purus, vitae mollis risus. Curabitur lorem elit, tempus sed mollis ac, luctus eget leo.
\end{document}

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As mentioned in the KOMA Script manual, it is recommended to use \dictum inside \setchapterpreamble for chapters. This takes care of the spurious indent. The manual also notes that "you are responsible for the spacing between the heading, preamble, and the following text". You can easily write a convenient macro.

\documentclass[a5paper]{scrreprt}

\usepackage[english]{babel}

\newcommand\setchapterdictum[1]{%
  \setchapterpreamble{%
    \dictum{#1}%
    \bigskip
  }%
}

\begin{document}

\setchapterdictum{An epigraph is a short quotation or saying at the beginning of a book or chapter, intended to suggest its theme.}
\chapter{Chapter Title}
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vivamus eu efficitur purus, vitae mollis risus. Curabitur lorem elit, tempus sed mollis ac, luctus eget leo.

\end{document}

MWE output

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  • That works perfectly. Thanks a lot!
    – MyComputer
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 17:32

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