Meaning of aphorism

aph•o•rism

Pronunciation: (af'u-riz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton).
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