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A'phorism. n.s. [ἀφορισμὸς.] A maxim; a precept contracted in a short sentence; an unconnected position.

He will easily discern how little of truth there is in the multitude; and though sometimes they are flattered with that aphorism, will hardly believe the voice of the people to be the voice of God. Brown's Vulgar Errours, b. i. c. 3.

I shall at present consider the aphorism, that a man of religion and virtue is a more useful, and consequently a more valuable member of a community. Rogers's Sermons.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (203) · Rogers, John (38)

Attributes: Greek (126) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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