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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Definitions for aphorism

  1. A terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation.

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Citations for aphorism
He who first uttered the boast was a public benefactor, and every man who repeated the aphorism, and believed it, furthered a good work, and helped to build up the structure of his country's greatness. Charles Mackay, The gouty philosopher
The aphorism wants to deflate our pretensions, to pull us "back to earth," by challenging us to change the way we live. Carl Rakosi, The collected prose of Carl Rakosi
Origin of aphorism
1520-1530
Aphorism comes from the Greek aphorismós, "definition."