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ipse dixit

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

< Latin: he himself said it
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British Dictionary definitions for ipse dixit

ipse dixit

  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 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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