[ip-se dik-sit; English ip-see dik-sit]
- an assertion without proof.
Origin of ipse dixit
< Latin: he himself said it
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- an arbitrary and unsupported assertion
Word Origin for ipse dixit
C16, literally: he himself said it
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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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