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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, early 16th century


A brief, instructive saying


A succinct statement of a general truth or observation

Examples of Aphorism in a sentence

"We all groaned every time Dad tried to give a life lesson by saying an aphorism."

"‘Actions speak louder than words’ is a good aphorism to employ in your friendships."

About Aphorism

There are a few words for brief sayings with pieces of valuable life advice. A proverb usually has more flowery or poetic language than an aphorism. An adage will be in metaphorical terms, while a maxim is likely to include a rule for your behavior. All of these can be used in place of aphorism.

Did you Know?

Sometimes the ancient root of a word matches up perfectly to the modern definition. "Aphorism" comes from the Greek word "aphorismós," which is a pithy phrase containing a general truth. Many credit the Greek physician Hippocrates for the invention of this word. Nowadays, you can just keep in mind one of the most well-known aphorisms: an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

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