gnomic
adjective Date: 1815 1. characterized by aphorism <
gnomic utterances
>
2. given to the composition of gnomic writing <
a gnomic poet
>

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  • gnomic — GNÓMIC, Ă, gnomici, ce, adj. 1. (Despre scrieri) Care cuprinde maxime, sentinţe, reflecţii, sfaturi morale. ♢ Poeţi gnomici = poeţi din Grecia (şi din Roma) antică, autori ai unor opere gnomice (1). 2. (lingv.; despre unele timpuri verbale) Care… …   Dicționar Român

  • Gnomic — Gnom ic, Gnomical Gnom ic*al, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ?: cf. F. gnomique. See {Gnome} maxim.] Sententious; uttering or containing maxims, or striking detached thoughts; aphoristic. [1913 Webster] A city long famous as the seat of elegiac and gnomic poetry …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gnomic — index compact (pithy), pithy, sententious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • gnomic — full of instructive sayings, 1815, from Fr. gnomique (18c.) and directly from L.L. gnomicus concerned with maxims, didactic, from Gk. gnomikos, from gnome thought, opinion, maxim, intelligence, from root of gignoskein to come to know (see GNOSTIC …   Etymology dictionary

  • gnomic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) in the form of short, pithy maxims or aphorisms. 2) enigmatic; ambiguous. DERIVATIVES gnomically adverb. ORIGIN from Greek gn m thought, opinion …   English terms dictionary

  • gnomic — [nō′mik, näm′ik] adj. [Gr gnōmikos < gnōmē: see GNOME2] 1. wise and pithy; full of aphorisms 2. designating or of a writer of aphorisms …   English World dictionary

  • Gnomic — For the poetic form, see Gnomic Poetry. For the map projection, see Gnomonic projection. In Ancient Greek, a general truth may be expressed in the present, future, or aorist tenses. This usage of these three tenses is called the gnomic (gnomic… …   Wikipedia

  • gnomic —   a. pertaining to or like aphorisms; Grammar, signifying general truth.    ♦ gnomist,   n. writer of gnomic poetry.    ♦ gnomologic, a. aphoristic.    ♦ gnomology, n. gnomic writing; collection of gnomic writings …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • gnomic — [[t]no͟ʊmɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A gnomic remark is brief and seems wise but is difficult to understand. [WRITTEN] In the gnomic words of Wittgenstein, The human body is the best picture of the human soul …   English dictionary

  • gnomic — adjective gnomic remarks are short, clever, and difficult to understand: gnomic predictions about the future of the economy gnomically / kli/ adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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