Aphoristic



of, like, or containing :
His sermons were richly aphoristic.
given to making or quoting .
Contemporary Examples

His comments are aphoristic or oracular, but often infused with wit.
Stephen Hawking 70th-Birthday Salute Martin Rees January 7, 2012

Perhaps her genius is best appreciated in her sly, aphoristic brevity.
Nora Ephron’s Best Quotes Jimmy So June 26, 2012

Historical Examples

It is not aphoristic, but flows along in a light sparkling stream.
History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alfred Guy Kingan L’Estrange

Many are tied up in aphoristic bundles for better preservation.
Beast and Man in India John Lockwood Kipling

The language and style of most of these books are aphoristic, elliptical and obscure.
The Books of Chilan Balam, the Prophetic and Historic Records of the Mayas of Yucatan Daniel G. Brinton

“It is rich, aphoristic, orderly, and precise” (Clifford Allbutt).
The Popes and Science James J. Walsh

But in addition there is much wisdom and a remarkable power of casting his observations into a compact, aphoristic form.
A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature John W. Cousin

Still, the importance of the subject requires that some points should be given, be they ever so aphoristic.
A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II Various

We have here a curious specimen of aphoristic poetry, the idea borrowed probably from the Proverbs of Solomon.
Dean of Lismore’s Book Various

No, do not be brilliant and aphoristic, Manuel, for I want you to help me more practically in this matter.
Figures of Earth James Branch Cabell

adjective
of, relating to, or resembling an aphorism
tending to write or speak in aphorisms
adj.

1753, from Greek aphoristikos (see aphorism). Aphoristically is from 1650s.

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