Definitions for aphorismˈæf əˌrɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

aph•o•rismˈæf əˌrɪz əm(n.)

  1. a terse saying embodying a general truth or astute observation, as “Art is long, life is short.”

    Category: Literature

Origin of aphorism:

1520–30; F aphorisme < LL aphorismus < Gk aphorismós definition =aphor(ízein) to define +-ismos -ism


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.


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