aphorism

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈæfərɪzəm/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈæfəˌrɪzəm/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(afə riz′əm)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
aph•o•rism /ˈæfəˌrɪzəm/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Literaturea short, clever saying which carries a general truth.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
aph•o•rism  (afə riz′əm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Literaturea terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely'' (Lord Acton).
aph′o•rismic, aph•o•ris•mat•ic  (afə riz′əm),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Greek aphorismós definition, equivalent. to aphor(ízein) to define (see aphorize) + -ismos -ism
  • Late Latin aphorismus
  • 1520–30; French aphorisme

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
aphorism /ˈæfəˌrɪzəm/ n
  1. a short pithy saying expressing a general truth; maxim
Etymology: 16th Century: from Late Latin aphorismus, from Greek aphorismos definition, from aphorizein to define, set limits to, from horos boundary

ˈaphorist n
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