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Aphorism Definition

Short pithy statement embodying a general truth e.g. Tennyson's 'Nature, red in tooth and claw.'

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[n] a short pithy instructive saying


apophthegm, apothegm

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axiom, maxim

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\Aph"o*rism\, n. [F. aphorisme, fr. Gr. ? definition, a short, pithy sentence, fr. ? to mark off by boundaries, to define; ? from + ? to separate, part. See {Horizon}.] A comprehensive maxim or principle expressed in a few words; a sharply defined sentence relating to abstract truth rather than to practical matters. The first aphorism of Hippocrates is, ``Life is short, and the art is long.'' --Fleming. Syn: Axiom; maxim; adage; proverb; apothegm; saying; saw; truism; dictum. See {Axiom}.

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