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aph·o·rism

 (ăf′ə-rĭz′əm)
n.
1. A tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion; an adage. See Synonyms at saying.
2. A brief statement of a scientific principle.

[French aphorisme, from Old French, from Late Latin aphorismus, from Greek aphorismos, from aphorizein, to delimit, define : apo-, apo- + horizein, to delimit, define; see horizon.]

aph′o·rist n.
aph′o·ris′tic (-rĭs′tĭk) adj.
aph′o·ris′ti·cal·ly adv.
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aphorism

(ˈæfəˌrɪzəm)
n
a short pithy saying expressing a general truth; maxim
[C16: from Late Latin aphorismus, from Greek aphorismos definition, from aphorizein to define, set limits to, from horos boundary]
ˈaphorist n
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aph•o•rism

(ˈæf əˌrɪz əm)

n.
a terse saying embodying a general truth or astute observation, as “Art is long, life is short.”
[1520–30; French aphorisme < Late Latin aphorismus < Greek aphorismós definition =aphor(ízein) to define + -ismos -ism]
aph′o•rist, n.
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aphorism

a terse saying embodying a general truth, as “Time flies.” — aphorist, n. — aphorismic, aphorismical, aphoristic, adj.
See also: Proverbs
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aphorism

A brief, witty statement of a general truth.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aphorism - a short pithy instructive saying
axiom, maxim - a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
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aphorism

noun saying, maxim, gnome, adage, proverb, dictum, precept, axiom, apothegm, saw one of his favoured aphorisms
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aphorism

noun
A usually pithy and familiar statement expressing an observation or principle generally accepted as wise or true:
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Translations
aforisme
aforismusaforizmus
aforisme
aforizam

aphorism

[ˈæfərɪzəm] Naforismo m
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aphorism

[ˈæfərɪzəm] n (= witticism) → aphorisme m
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aphorism

nAphorismus m
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aphorism

[ˈæfərɪzm] naforisma m
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But there is a strange moment about a third of the way into the book that, no doubt inadvertently, captures how absurd and maddening all the aphorising really is.
In Of Reformation (1641) Milton lamented that, 'there is no art that hath bin more canker'd in her principles, more soyl'd and slubber'd with aphorising pedantry than the art of policie'.