gnomic

1 [noh-mik, nom-ik]
adjective
of, pertaining to, or resembling a gnome.

Origin:
1805–15; gnome1 + -ic

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gnomic

2 [noh-mik, nom-ik]
adjective
1.
like or containing gnomes or aphorisms.
2.
of, pertaining to, or noting a writer of aphorisms, especially any of certain Greek poets.
Also, gnomical.


Origin:
1805–15; < Greek gnōmikós. See gnome2, -ic

gnomically, adverb
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gnomic or gnomical (ˈnəʊmɪk, ˈnɒm-)
 
adj
1.  consisting of, containing, or relating to gnomes or aphorisms
2.  of or relating to a writer of such sayings
 
gnomical or gnomical
 
adj
 
'gnomically or gnomical
 
adv

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Main Entry:  gnomic1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  pertaining to maxims
Etymology:  Greek gnome 'maxim' + -ikos '-ic'
Main Entry:  gnomic2
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  expressing what is generally or universally true
Etymology:  Greek gnome 'maxim' + -ikos '-ic'
Main Entry:  gnomic3
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  pertaining to or being like a gnome
Etymology:  French gnome + -ic
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Word Origin & History

gnomic
"full of instructive sayings," 1815, from Fr. gnomique, from L.L. gnomicus "concerned with maxims, didactic," from Gk. gnomikos, from gnome "thought, opinion, maxim, intelligence," from gignoskein "to come to know" (see gnostic). Eng. gnome meant "short, pithy statement of general truth" (1577).
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Example sentences
They function as a gnomic clue that what you are seeing is intentional, while discouraging further conversation or inquiry.
The more gnomic their pronouncements, the more they seemed to the impressionable to be deeply wise and romantic.
The ephemeral is not the same thing as the irreducibly private, the comprehensively gnomic.
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