gnomic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj gnomic relating to or containing gnomes "gnomic verse"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Gnomic Sententious; uttering or containing maxims, or striking detached thoughts; aphoristic. "A city long famous as the seat of elegiac and gnomic poetry."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gnomic Containing or dealing in maxims; sententious.
    • gnomic In grammar, used in maxims or general statements; applied to express a universal truth: as, a gnomic aorist.
    • gnomic A contracted form of gnomonic.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. : cf. F. gnomique,. See Gnome maxim

Usage

In literature:

Croiset, is a fragment from a gnomic poem.
"Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica" by Homer and Hesiod
They often say in their Gnomic aphorisms, 'Even the Gods cannot alter the past.
"De Profundis" by Oscar Wilde
They often say in their Gnomic aphorisms, 'Even the Gods cannot alter the past.
"Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde with a Preface by Robert Ross" by Oscar Wilde
But it's gnomic, it's gnomic.
"Crome Yellow" by Aldous Huxley
Mrs. Morran dispensed tea and gnomic wisdom.
"Huntingtower" by John Buchan
There is a measure of grave content in the ninth prelude in E. It is rather gnomic, and contains hints of both Brahms and Beethoven.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
This is the aelces mannes wyrd of Boethius (Sw., p. 44) and the wyrd bieth swiethost of Gnomic Verses, 5.
"Beowulf" by Unknown
George Chapman, translator of Homer, dramatist, and gnomic poet, was born in 1559, and died in 1634.
"The Age of Shakespeare" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Occasionally the Historical Perfect is used of a general truth ('Gnomic Perfect').
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
But Bhartrihari, the still popular gnomic poet, was a Buddhist.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
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In news:

DRY HUMOR For decades Cane Haul Road shirts and other objets d'art have helped to define a treasured style of local humor: sly, gnomic, Dada, kinda gross.
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In science:

All images to be served through Sky were repro jected from their native tangent plane (or gnomic) pro jections onto the aforementioned lat/long pro jection.
Sky in Google Earth: The Next Frontier in Astronomical Data Discovery and Visualization
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