Definitions for aphorismˈæf əˌrɪz əm
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word aphorism
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
aph•o•rismˈæf əˌrɪz əm(n.)
a terse saying embodying a general truth or astute observation, as “Art is long, life is short.”
Origin of aphorism:
1520–30; F aphorisme < LL aphorismus < Gk aphorismós definition =aphor(ízein) to define +-ismos -ism
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.
Find a translation for the aphorism definition in other languages:
Select another language: