Definition of aphorism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

aphorism

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈæfəˌrɪzəm//
 
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a short phrase that says something true or wise Benjamin Franklin was known for his aphorisms, including “Lost time is never found again.”
NAmE//ˌæfəˈrɪstɪk//
 
adjective
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