Monday’s word of the day…gnomist




a writer of aphorisms.


In casting mere shadows on the dial, the gnomist as gnomom will conceal more truth than he reveals. His aphorisms may be subtly off-key…
— W. David Shaw , Babel and the Ivory Tower: The Scholar in the Age of Science , 2005

He was one of the Gnomists or seven sages of Greece, and the most eminent of his countrymen.
— Reverend David Blair , Outlines of Chronology, Ancient and Modern: Being an Introduction to the Study of History , 1865


The term gnomist entered English in the late 1800s. It finds its roots in the Greek gnṓmē meaning “thought, opinion, intelligence.”


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