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ipse dixit

[ip-se dik-sit; English ip-see dik-sit] /ˈɪp sɛ ˈdɪk sɪt; English ˈɪp si ˈdɪk sɪt/
noun
1.
an assertion without proof.
Origin of ipse dixit
< Latin: he himself said it
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  • I shall do no such thing, sir—I'm not to be govern'd by your ipse dixit.

  • Why should one-half of the world be ruled by the ipse dixit of the other?

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • 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.

  • Or why should there be any ipse dixit in our poetry, any more than there is in our philosophy?

  • Let us have something more than the ipse dixit of the Society.

    Thoughts on African Colonization William Lloyd Garrison
  • The ipse dixit of the Dominican author of the "Summa" is law.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
  • "It's had its Dey," said he, and buried himself in his paper as though the project ended then and there upon his own ipse dixit.

    Jewel Mysteries Max Pemberton
  • There is great ignorance on this subject, and what is known is generally the ipse dixit of somebody.

  • He did not give me any proof, but considering his position, I could not do otherwise than take his ipse dixit for it.

    The Crime of the Century

    Henry M. Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for ipse dixit

ipse dixit

/ˈɪpseɪ ˈdɪksɪt/
noun
1.
an arbitrary and unsupported assertion
Word Origin
C16, literally: he himself said it
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Word Origin and History for ipse dixit

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
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