Origin of gnomic1
Origin of gnomic2
Examples from the Web for gnomic
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|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|DAILY BEAST
A few elements are combined into these hundred and seventy-six gnomic sentences.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Volume III|Alexander Maclaren
The doubt of authorship which hangs over all the gnomic fragments warns us, therefore, to be cautious in ascribing them to Solon.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)|John Addington Symonds
His method is gnomic, laconic, oracular; never persuasive or plausible.Suspended Judgments|John Cowper Powys
The gnomic poetry comprises that section of Hebrew literature which contains pithy maxims or proverbs.Hebrew Humor and other Essays|Joseph Chotzner
As a gnomic writer Daniel approaches Chapman, but is far more musical and coherent.
"full of instructive sayings," 1815, from French gnomique (18c.) and directly from Late Latin gnomicus "concerned with maxims, didactic," from Greek gnomikos, from gnome "thought, opinion, maxim, intelligence," from root of gignoskein "to come to know" (see gnostic). English gnome meant "short, pithy statement of general truth" (1570s). Gnomical is attested from 1610s.