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  1. of, like, or containing aphorisms: His sermons were richly aphoristic.
  2. given to making or quoting aphorisms.
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Origin of aphoristic

From the Greek word aphoristikós, dating back to 1745–55. See aphorist, -ic
Related formsaph·o·ris·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·aph·o·ris·tic, adjectivenon·aph·o·ris·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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  • On the other, the aphoristically formulated doctrine pullulates with inconsistencies imported from theology.

    Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

    Frederick Engels

British Dictionary definitions for aphoristically


  1. of, relating to, or resembling an aphorism
  2. tending to write or speak in aphorisms
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Word Origin and History for aphoristically



1753, from Greek aphoristikos (see aphorism). Aphoristically is from 1650s.

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