[ UK /ˈæfəɹˌɪzəm/ ]
[ US /ˈæfɝˌɪzəm/ ]
  1. a short pithy instructive saying
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How To Use aphorism In A Sentence

  • As with many quotes there's a good deal of truth in it and, as with many aphorisms, that truth becomes more and more shallow and two-dimensional as it is examined.
  • And the loveable curmudgeon is responsible for most of literature's best quotations, maxims and aphorisms.
  • Code and other Laws of Cyberspace, in which he coined the aphorism "code is law" and predicted that commercialization would lead to the demise of the open Internet. Ars Technica
  • From today painting is dead" is an aphorism often attributed to Paul Delaroche, a 19th-century French painter, upon seeing the first daguerreotypes though Wikipedia maintains there is no compelling evidence that he actually said it. Farewell to the fine art of focusing
  • Sporting a permanently pained expression and the hunched demeanour of a child expecting a smack, he speaks in gnomic aphorisms that frequently sound like bumper-sticker mottoes.
  • Is it any wonder, under all these circumstances, that the aphorism is so absolutely correct -- that Canada is today the brightest jewel in the colonial coronet of the Empire? The Outlook of Central Canada
  • These speeches had to be rich in literary illusion and ruminative aphorism.
  • Age and hygienic necessities bind me to a somewhat anchoritic life in pure air, with abundant leisure to meditate upon the wisdom of Candide's sage aphorism, "Cultivons notre jardin" ” especially if the term garden may be taken broadly and applied to the stony and weed-grown ground within my skull, as well as to a few perches of more promising chalk down outside it. The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley
  • Americans of a certain age will recall Douglas MacArthur's pithy aphorism: ‘There is no substitute for victory.’
  • I have always thought, moreover, that the Hudibrastic aphorism is worthy of practice, because nothing can be more evident than the fact that Fifteen Years in Hell
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