aphoristic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj aphoristic terse and witty and like a maxim "much given to apothegmatic instruction"
    • adj aphoristic containing aphorisms or maxims "axiomatic wisdom"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Aphoristic In the form of, or of the nature of, an aphorism; in the form of short, unconnected sentences; as, an aphoristic style. "The method of the book is aphoristic ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • aphoristic Having the character of aphorisms; resembling aphorisms; in the form of an aphorism; stated in short, unconnected sentences; abounding in aphorisms. An aphoristic style is one which is fragmentary in its outward form, but methodical in its reasoning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Aphoristic in the form of an aphorism
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Quotations

  • Susan Sontag
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    “It is the nature of aphoristic thinking to be always in a state of concluding; a bid to have the final word is inherent in all powerful phrase-making.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. aphorizein, to mark off by boundaries—apo, from, and horos, a limit.

Usage

In literature:

Make the tree good, our Lawgiver aphoristically said.
"Bunyan Characters - Third Series The Holy War" by Alexander Whyte
The Aphorist read himself so well, that to juggle with himself was a necessity.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
The Preludes are, in their aphoristic brevity, masterpieces of the first rank.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
It contains pithy aphoristic sentences which Burke himself would not have disowned.
"MacMillan & Co.'s General Catalogue of Works in the Departments of History, Biography, Travels, and Belles Lettres, December, 1869" by Unknown
It is not aphoristic, but flows along in a light sparkling stream.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
On the other, the aphoristically formulated doctrine swarms with theological inconsistencies.
"Selected Essays" by Karl Marx
Short aphoristic chapters will therefore best answer the purpose.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
It is rich, aphoristic, orderly and precise.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
The Aphorist read himself so well, that to juggle with himself was a necessity.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel" by George Meredith
The book is rich, aphoristic, orderly and precise.
"Education: How Old The New" by James J. Walsh
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In news:

Among my odd hobbies, I'm a collector of aphorisms, and a bit of an aphorist myself.
An aphorist, a writer of aphorisms.
Remove self-love from love, wrote the 18th-century French aphorist and revolutionary Chamfort, and not much would be left.
His folksy sense of humor and political grit are exemplified by a selection of aphorisms in 'Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists' by James Geary.
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