from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by aphorisms; aphoristic: gnomic verse; a gnomic style.
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- adj. Of, or relating to gnomes.
- adj. Mysterious and often incomprehensible yet seemingly wise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Sententious; uttering or containing maxims, or striking detached thoughts; aphoristic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Containing or dealing in maxims; sententious.
- In grammar, used in maxims or general statements; applied to express a universal truth: as, a gnomic aorist.
- A contracted form of gnomonic.
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- adj. relating to or containing gnomes
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When reviewers and prize jurors tout a repetitive style as "the last word in gnomic control," or a jumble of unsustained metaphor as "lyrical" writing, it is obvious that they, too, are having difficulty understanding what they read.
But since the subsistence is one, and He Who exercises the will is one, the object of the will,  that is, the gnomic will , is also one, His human will evidently following His divine will, and willing that which the divine will willed it to will.
Here we have first religious meditations and legends of Saints, then proverbial, or as they are called "gnomic" verses, next allegorical descriptions by means of animals, and finally riddles.
(_g_) Lastly, like nearly all the dramatists of his day and of times much earlier, Shakespeare was fond of 'gnomic' passages, and introduces them probably not more freely than his readers like, but more freely than, I suppose, a good play-wright now would care to do.
It is true that Mr. Yaffe calls Mr. Dylan, at one point, a "gnomic adenoidal seer."
The original Japanese editions have gnomic little phrases on their obi strips instead.
Being a New York type, Artifex deploys an arsenal of ironic, gnomic, one-liners: "Life is an opportunity to make things happen," "What is more important than maintaining one's enthusiasm?"
Being a New York type, Artifex deploys an arsenal of ironic, gnomic, one-liners: "Life is an opportunity to make things happen,""What is more important than maintaining one's enthusiasm?"
Adapter and star Moe Angelos plays the young Sontag alongside a video projection of the older, more iconic Sontag also played by Angelos, who smokes and offers gnomic comments while observing the action.
"Dapple-dawn-drawn", from The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins, would be a nicely gnomic addition to a drab wall anywhere.