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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, early 16th century


A pithy observation that contains a general truth, such as, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it.”


A concise statement of a scientific principle, typically by an ancient classical author.

Examples of Aphorism in a sentence

"My dad's favorite way to impart life wisdom is through aphorism."

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

About Aphorism

"Aphorism" entered English in the early 16th century from the French "aphorisme," which came from the Latin "aphorismus," and the original Greek "aphorismos," which meant "definition." It was likely coined by Hippocrates.

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 directly translates to "definition," but the usage was closer to "brief statements and general reflections of facts." Many credit the Greek physician Hippocrates for the invention of this word in his writing, "Aphorisms of Hippocrates." Today, you can keep in mind one of the most well-known aphorisms: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

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