Definitions for aphorismˈæf əˌrɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aphorism, apothegm, apophthegm(noun)

    a short pithy instructive saying

Wiktionary

  1. aphorism(Noun)

    An original laconic phrase conveying some principle or concept of thought.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aphorism(noun)

    a comprehensive maxim or principle expressed in a few words; a sharply defined sentence relating to abstract truth rather than to practical matters

Freebase

  1. Aphorism

    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.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Karl Kraus:

    An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.

  2. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel:

    An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.

  3. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    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.

  4. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    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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