To The Maxim-um!

Let’s go in circles, shall we?  How often have you found yourself having to look up multiple words in a definition as you attempt to extract the real meaning of what was being said? Ah the joys of the English language!


NOH-mik \, adjective;

1. Uttering, containing, or characterized by maxims; wise and pithy.

  • maxim = an expression of a general truth or principle, especially an aphoristic or sententious one.
    • aphorism = a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation; e.g., “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” (LordActon) 
    • sententious = abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims.
      • brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, ormeaning; terse; forcible:
        a pithy observation.

Some other definitions of gnomic include:

2. of, pertaining to, or resembling a gnome.
3.  like or containing gnomes or aphorisms.
of, pertaining to, or noting a writer of aphorisms, especially any of certain Greek poets



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