Definition of aphorism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

aphorism

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈæfərɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæfərɪzəm//
 
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a short phrase that says something true or wise Johnson’s aphorism: ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’ Word Origin early 16th cent.: from French aphorisme or late Latin aphorismus, from Greek aphorismos ‘definition’, from aphorizein ‘define’.
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