Origin of aphorism
Examples from the Web for aphorism
He left the crowd with a Greek aphorism—“to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”
Thus my aphorism of the week: trying to contain damage only does more damage.
He utters the aphorism in immaculate French, and judging from an overheard phone call, his Italian is almost as good.
That aphorism by NYU professor Clay Shirky overstates the case, but only a little.
The secret of literary prophecy lies deep inside that aphorism.
We did not, however, stay long enough in the town to experience the truth of the aphorism.Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo|W. Cope Devereux
“Omne vivum ex vivo,” “all life from life,” was an aphorism of the naturalists of a century or two ago.The Arena|Various
The direct application of an aphorism was unpopular at Raynham.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete|George Meredith
It ought to convey some great thought, some maxim or aphorism, or some such a thing as that.Remarks|Bill Nye
Hence the aphorism so current, and generally attributed to Bacon, which affirms that knowledge is power.
British Dictionary definitions for aphorism
Word Origin for aphorism
Word Origin and History for aphorism
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.
Culture definitions for aphorism
A concise and often witty statement of wisdom or opinion, such as “Children should be seen and not heard,” or “People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.”