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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.


(Linguistics) in an aphoristic manner
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Kerouac here aphoristically and ungrammatically provides tips on craft such as: "In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness.
Barely 40 pages long in English translation, it is written aphoristically, consisting of 13 short chapters in which Sun Tzu offers maxims about how to prevail in war, preferably without fighting.
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Each of the three compilers uses the genre of meditation, a term with connotations of a certain kind of devotional work: Halkett extensively and with an often autobiographical flair, Hastings and Bethell more succinctly and aphoristically.
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Elsewhere and more aphoristically, Adorno asserted that 'the splinter in your eye is the best magnifying-glass': those tools are to be valued which scatter, disrupt or diffract one's perspective precisely because of the fact of that scattering, disruption or diffraction (Adorno 1974, p.
An other related concern that still continues to occupy a place of honor in studies dealing with issues of representations of the Holocaust is Theodore Adorno's famous, oft-contested and now repudiated dictum of the unrepresentability of the Holocaust, stated most aphoristically in his 1949 injunction, "to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric," which he himself later came to retract in part.
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As Gray aphoristically comments: "The free market became a religion only when its basis in religion was denied.
One might sum this up aphoristically by saying that human nature is naturally estranged in some measure from nature; that is, we are self-conscious creatures capable of free choices, which perforce are a source of anxiety, frustration, and uncertainty.
We'll still be behind in funding next year even if the legislature flip-flops; it's only a question of whether we'll be way behind or as Sederberg aphoristically puts it, headed for life support.