What does aphorism mean?

Definitions for aphorismˈæf əˌrɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aphorism, apothegm, apophthegm(noun)

    a short pithy instructive saying


  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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aphorism

    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.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aphorism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aphorism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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