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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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Noun1.aphorist - someone who formulates aphorisms or who repeats aphorisms
intellectual, intellect - a person who uses the mind creatively
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Grey notes, "all commentators agree [on] Holmes' greatness as a prose stylist," but when "combined with the range of competing interpretations of his work, even the brilliance of his prose suggests another unflattering account--Holmes the eclectic aphorist, whose purely literary talent for glittering phrases conceals a muddle of mutually inconsistent ideas.
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