Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GRE Words: "Wisdom" category

  1. adage n. - /ˈæd ɪdʒ/ "a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb."
  2. axiom n. - /ˈæk si əm/ "a self-evident truth that requires no proof." "a universally accepted principle or rule." "Logic, Mathematics. a proposition that is assumed without proof for the sake of studying the consequences that follow from it.
  3. epigram n. - /ˈɛp ɪˌɡɹæm/ "any witty, ingenious, or pointed saying tersely expressed." "epigrammatic expression: Oscar Wilde had a genius for epigram." "a short, often satirical poem dealing concisely with a single subject and usually ending with a witty or ingenious turn of thought."
  4. truism n. - /ˈtɹu ɪz əm/ "a self-evident, obvious truth."
  5. aphorism n. - /ˈæf əˌɹɪz əm/ "a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton)."
  6. bromide n. - ˈbɹoʊ maɪd/ "a platitude or trite saying." "a person who is platitudinous and boring."
  7. platitude n. - /ˈplæt ɪˌtud, -ˌtjud/ "a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound." "the quality or state of being flat, dull, or trite: the platitude of most political oratory."
  8. apothegm n. - /ˈæp əˌθɛm/ "a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism."
  9. dictum - n. /ˈdɪk təm/ "an authoritative pronouncement; judicial assertion." "a saying; maxim."
  10. sententious adj. - /sɛnˈtɛn ʃəs/ "abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims: a sententious book." "given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous" "given to or using pithy sayings or maxims: a sententious poet." "of the nature of a maxim; pithy."

Definitions from: dictionary.reference.com

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