of, relating to, or resembling a gnome.
Other definitions for gnomic (2 of 2)
like or containing gnomes or aphorisms.
of, relating to, or noting a writer of aphorisms, especially any of certain Greek poets.
- Also gno·mi·cal .
- gno·mi·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use gnomic in a sentence
He would have looked very well as a priest: the shabby, gnomic variety one sees in small Italian towns.Iran’s Top Spy Is the Modern-Day Karla, John Le Carré’s Villainous Mastermind | Michael Weiss | July 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dyer uses this kind of gnomic, prophetic, baffling language all the time, and it can be trying and vague.Geoff Dyer's 'The Missing of the Somme' Reconsidered | Louisa Thomas | November 11, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
That dragons dwelt in mounds was a common Germanic belief, to which the Cottonian gnomic verses testify.Beowulf | R. W. Chambers
Reference should have been given to the Exeter gnomic Verses, 89 ff.The Heroic Age | H. Munro Chadwick
The moralizing of Bacchylides is rather an utterance of quiet meditation, sometimes recalling the strain of Ionian gnomic elegy.
Another element, always present in the longer odes of victory, is that which may be called the "gnomic."
The gnomic verses of Theognis were certainly sung; so were the satires of Archilochus and the romantic reveries of Mimnermus.
British Dictionary definitions for gnomic
consisting of, containing, or relating to gnomes or aphorisms
of or relating to a writer of such sayings
- gnomically, adverb
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