aph·o·rism [af…

aph·o·rism [af-uh-riz-uhm] Show IPA noun a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton). Origin: 1520–30; French aphorisme < Late Latin aphorismus < Greek aphorismós definition, equivalent to aphor ( ízein ) to define (see aphorize) + -ismos -ism Related forms aph·o·ris·mic, […]