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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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1. of, relating to, or resembling an aphorism
2. tending to write or speak in aphorisms
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(ˌæf əˈrɪs tɪk)

1. of, like, or containing aphorisms.
2. given to using aphorisms.
aph`o•ris′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.aphoristic - containing aphorisms or maxims; "axiomatic wisdom"
2.aphoristic - terse and witty and like a maxim; "much given to apothegmatic instruction"
concise - expressing much in few words; "a concise explanation"
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Precisely meaningful and tersely cogent:
Informal: brass-tacks.
Idioms: down to brass tacks, to the point.
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