aphorism, apothegm, apophthegm(noun)
a short pithy instructive saying
An original laconic phrase conveying some principle or concept of thought.
a comprehensive maxim or principle expressed in a few words; a sharply defined sentence relating to abstract truth rather than to practical matters
An aphorism is an original thought, spoken or written in a laconic and memorable form. Aphorism literally means a "distinction" or "definition". The term was first used in the Aphorisms of Hippocrates. The oft-cited first sentence of this work is: The term was later applied to maxims of physical science, then statements of all kinds of philosophical, moral, or literary principles. In modern usage an aphorism is generally understood to be a concise statement containing a subjective truth or observation cleverly and pithily written.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
af′or-izm, n. a concise statement of a principle in any science: a brief, pithy saying: an adage.—v.t. and v.i. Aph′orise, to coin or use aphorisms.—ns. Aph′oriser; Aph′orist, a writer of aphorisms.—adj. Aphoris′tic, in the form of an aphorism.—adv. Aphorist′ically. [Gr. aphorizein, to mark off by boundaries—apo, from, and horos, a limit.]
The numerical value of aphorism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of aphorism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.
An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.
Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.
Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.
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- aforismeCatalan, Valencian
- aforismus, aforizmusCzech
- mietelause, aforismiFinnish
- orðskviður, spakmæli, kjarnyrðiIcelandic
- aforisme, aforismRomanian
- афоризам, aforizamSerbo-Croatian
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