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aph·o·rism / ˈafəˌrizəm/ • n. 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. DERIVATIVES: aph·o·rist n. aph·o·ris·tic / ˌafəˈristik/ adj. aph·o·ris·ti·cal·ly / ˌafəˈristik(ə)lē/ adv. aph·o·rize / -ˌrīz/ v.

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aphorism

aphorism (ăf´ərĬz´əm), short, pithy statement of an evident truth concerned with life or nature; distinguished from the axiom because its truth is not capable of scientific demonstration. Hippocrates was the first to use the term for his Aphorisms, briefly stated medical principles. Note his famous opening sentence: "Life is short, art is long, opportunity fleeting, experimenting dangerous, reasoning difficult."

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aphorism

aphorism a concise statement of a scientific principle, typically by a classical author; a pithy observation which contains a general truth. The word comes from the ‘Aphorisms of Hippocrates’, and was transferred to other sententious statements of the principles of physical science, and then to statements of principles generally.

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aphorism

aphorism XVI. — F. aphorisme, or late L. aphorismus — Gr. aphorismós, f. aphorízein define, f. APO- + horizein (see HORIZON).

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