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[noh-mik, nom-ik] /ˈnoʊ mɪk, ˈnɒm ɪk/
adjective
1.
like or containing gnomes or aphorisms.
2.
of, relating to, or noting a writer of aphorisms, especially any of certain Greek poets.
Also, gnomical.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < Greek gnōmikós. See gnome2, -ic
Related forms
gnomically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for gnomically

gnomic

/ˈnəʊmɪk; ˈnɒm-/
adjective
1.
consisting of, containing, or relating to gnomes or aphorisms
2.
of or relating to a writer of such sayings
Derived Forms
gnomically, adverb
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Contemporary definitions for gnomically
adjective

pertaining to or being like a gnome

Word Origin

French gnome + -ic

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Word Origin and History for gnomically

gnomic

adj.

"full of instructive sayings," 1815, from French gnomique (18c.) and directly from Late Latin gnomicus "concerned with maxims, didactic," from Greek gnomikos, from gnome "thought, opinion, maxim, intelligence," from root of gignoskein "to come to know" (see gnostic). English gnome meant "short, pithy statement of general truth" (1570s). Gnomical is attested from 1610s.

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