gnomic utterance meaning

  • adj. (formal)

    a moralizing remark, usually containing a proverb, that seems clever but is often difficult to understand: A 'gnomic poem' is one full of proverbs and axioms.'Curiosity killed the cat' and 'Too many cooks spoil the broth' (= soup) are gnomic statements for some people.


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  1. In the 1960s William O'Connor described " The Cantos " as filled with " cryptic and gnomic utterances, dirty jokes, obscenities of various sorts ".
  2. Nym's laconic and sometime gnomic utterances are explained by the Boy in " Henry V " as a result of a confused idea that terse speech makes a man seem serious,
  3. Since then, Weiner, who was born in 1942 and now divides his time between New York and Amsterdam, has been presenting gnomic utterances on indoor and outdoor walls as well as in the form of posters and books; he's also produced movies and musical recordings.
  4. The characters are asked to take part in a role-playing game, which develops from the familiar ( hedge-fund managers spinning profit from the misfortune of others ) through to the surreal ( a financial analyst is put under hypnosis in order to forecast stock market activity, and ends up delivering gnomic utterances on the state of the markets ) ."

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