[ip-se dik-sit; English ip-see dik-sit]
- an assertion without proof.
Origin of ipse dixit
< Latin: he himself said it
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Examples from the Web for ipse
I shall do no such thing, sir—I'm not to be govern'd by your ipse dixit.The Politician Out-Witted
Why should one-half of the world be ruled by the ipse dixit of the other?Is He Popenjoy?
It should have been—so we were to believe on his ipse dixit—contemporaneous with the Fall.Mystic London:
Charles Maurice Davies
I know well that Americans will take the ipse dixit of no man.Popery! As it Was and as it Is
And he whipped off the red hair, and wiped off the black eye, and ho, Green ipse.Hard Cash
- an arbitrary and unsupported assertion
C16, literally: he himself said it
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Word Origin and History for ipse
Latin, literally "he (the master) said it," translation of Greek autos epha, phrase used by disciples of Pythagoras when quoting their master.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper