aphorism

Part of speech: noun

A proverb; maxim.

Part of speech: adjective

Aphoristical.

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Usage examples "aphorism":

  1. And determining the quantity of a common aphorism or saw, the limits within which it is meant to hold good, is a valuable discipline in exactness of understanding. - "Logic, Inductive and Deductive", William Minto.
  2. If this seems a dangerous concession to the enemies of the true science and art of healing, I will remind you that it is all implied in the first aphorism of Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. - "A Mortal Antipathy", Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr..
  3. With which sage aphorism he relapsed into silence, and a gloom settled on the meeting. - "No Man's Land", H. C. McNeile.