aphorism

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From Middle French aphorisme, from Late Latin aphorismus, from Ancient Greek ἀφορισμός (aphorismós, pithy phrase containing a general truth), from ἀφορίζω (aphorízō, I define, mark off or determine), from ἀπό (apó, off) + ὁρίζω (horízō, I divide, bound), from ὅρος (hóros, boundary).

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aphorism (plural aphorisms)

  1. An original, laconic phrase conveying some principle or concept of thought.

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aphorism (third-person singular simple present aphorisms, present participle aphorisming, simple past and past participle aphorismed)

  1. To speak or write aphorisms.
    • 1971, Arthur Schnitzler, My Youth in Vienna, page 95:
      But after each of us had inscribed his share (once I robbed my Aegidius for the purpose), our literary union was over; each of us tore his contribution out of the book and “aphorismed” on his own from then on.
    • 1978, Vikram Kapur, The Traumatic Bite, page 32:
      He was thoughtful: “Preferences define superiority,” he aphorismed. “As long as preferences are not made godly edicts."
    • 2003, Arthur Herzog, Glad to Be Here, page 146:
      “I don't know what more to do,” she confessed. “I've aphorismed my heart out and relationships have not improved one whit, it seems."

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