aphorism /ˈafərɪz(ə)m/

a

I. noun

1. a pithy observation which contains a general truth.

the old aphorism ‘the child is father to the man’.
[ mass noun]
the debate begins and ends at the level of aphorism, with commentators saying that something must be done.
2. a concise statement of a scientific principle, typically by a classical author.

the opening sentence of the first aphorism of Hippocrates.
II. derivatives

1. aphorist
noun


2. aphoristic /afəˈrɪstɪk /
adjective


3. aphoristically /afəˈrɪstɪk(ə)li /
adverb


4. aphorize aphorise
verb


– origin early 16th cent.: from French aphorisme or late Latin aphorismus, from Greek aphorismos ‘definition’, from aphorizein ‘define’.

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