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ipse dixit

[ip-se dik-sit; English ip-see dik-sit]
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noun
  1. an assertion without proof.
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Origin of ipse dixit

< Latin: he himself said it
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Historical Examples

  • I shall do no such thing, sir—I'm not to be govern'd by your ipse dixit.

    The Politician Out-Witted

    Samuel Low

  • Why should one-half of the world be ruled by the ipse dixit of the other?

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • It should have been—so we were to believe on his ipse dixit—contemporaneous with the Fall.

    Mystic London:

    Charles Maurice Davies

  • I know well that Americans will take the ipse dixit of no man.

  • And he whipped off the red hair, and wiped off the black eye, and ho, Green ipse.

    Hard Cash

    Charles Reade


British Dictionary definitions for ipse

ipse dixit

noun
  1. an arbitrary and unsupported assertion
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Word Origin

C16, literally: he himself said it
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Word Origin and History for ipse

ipse dixit

Latin, literally "he (the master) said it," translation of Greek autos epha, phrase used by disciples of Pythagoras when quoting their master.

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