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[noh-mik, nom-ik]
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  1. of, relating to, or resembling a gnome.
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Origin of gnomic1

First recorded in 1805–15; gnome1 + -ic


[noh-mik, nom-ik]
  1. like or containing gnomes or aphorisms.
  2. of, relating to, or noting a writer of aphorisms, especially any of certain Greek poets.
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Also gno·mi·cal.

Origin of gnomic2

From the Greek word gnōmikós, dating back to 1805–15. See gnome2, -ic
Related formsgno·mi·cal·ly, adverb
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  1. consisting of, containing, or relating to gnomes or aphorisms
  2. of or relating to a writer of such sayings
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Derived Formsgnomically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gnomic


"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.

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