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[af-uh-ris-tik] /ˌæf əˈrɪs tɪk/
of, like, or containing aphorisms:
His sermons were richly aphoristic.
given to making or quoting aphorisms.
Origin of aphoristic
1745-55; < Greek aphoristikós. See aphorist, -ic
Related forms
aphoristically, adverb
nonaphoristic, adjective
nonaphoristically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aphoristic
  • Which is at a minimum non-aphoristic and anti-euphonious.
  • Nor did she attempt the solace of aphoristic eloquence.
  • The unconscious-mine, anyway-is rarely so aphoristic.
  • The unconscious--mine, anyway--is rarely so aphoristic.
  • Every one of his books is full of apt observations and aphoristic turns of phrase.
  • The wonder of his poem is that it has a melancholy melodiousness while retaining a tight aphoristic ring.
  • As this policy went through various iterations and media representations, its naming and structure became more aphoristic.
  • Others, however, found that style unbearably aphoristic.
British Dictionary definitions for aphoristic


of, relating to, or resembling an aphorism
tending to write or speak in aphorisms
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Word Origin and History for aphoristic

1753, from Greek aphoristikos (see aphorism). Aphoristically is from 1650s.

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