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aphorism


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aphorism  \Aph"o*rism\,  n.  [F.  aphorisme,  fr  Gr  ?  definition,  a 
  short,  pithy  sentence,  fr  ?  to  mark  off  by  boundaries,  to 
  define;  ?  from  +  ?  to  separate,  part  See  {Horizon}.] 
  A  comprehensive  maxim  or  principle  expressed  in  a  few  words 
  a  sharply  defined  sentence  relating  to  abstract  truth  rather 
  than  to  practical  matters. 
 
  The  first  aphorism  of  Hippocrates  is  ``Life  is  short, 
  and  the  art  is  long.''  --Fleming. 
 
  Syn:  Axiom;  maxim;  adage;  proverb;  apothegm;  saying;  saw; 
  truism;  dictum.  See  {Axiom}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aphorism 
  n  :  a  short  pithy  instructive  saying  [syn:  {apothegm},  {apophthegm}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  APHORISM,  n.  Predigested  wisdom. 
 
  The  flabby  wine-skin  of  his  brain 
  Yields  to  some  pathologic  strain, 
  And  voids  from  its  unstored  abysm 
  The  driblet  of  an  aphorism. 
  "The  Mad  Philosopher,"  1697 
 
 




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