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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR APHORISM

This aphorism seemed to merit a new cigar on Crane's part, so he lighted one.

When you have thoroughly digested this aphorism, you are fit to start in the world.

Pleasurably, for a moment, he considered the altruism of that aphorism.

His aphorism was, "Gentlemen, the secret of surgery is the nailbrush."

His uncle uttered an aphorism: "The throne is a board covered with velvet."

But if there be any truth in the aphorism, we must define our terms.

"Whatever good is from God, whatever ill from thyself," is a Koranic aphorism.

It is an aphorism among them, that "where a Gy loves it is her pleasure to obey."

Where learned you that aphorism, out of place on such rosy lips?

I cannot tell you how puzzled I was to make out what my father meant by his aphorism.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s (especially in reference to the "Aphorisms of Hippocrates"), from Middle French aphorisme (14c., aufforisme), from Late Latin aphorismus, from Greek aphorismos "definition, pithy sentence," from aphorizein "to mark off, divide," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + horizein "to bound" (see horizon).

An aphorism is a short, pithy statement containing a truth of general import; an axiom is a statement of self-evident truth; a theorem is a demonstrable proposition in science or mathematics; an epigram is like an aphorism, but lacking in general import. Maxim and saying can be used as synonyms for aphorism.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR APHORISM

adage

nounsaying or proverb
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