Not to be confused with aphorism.

Aphorismus (from the Greek: ἀφορισμός, aphorismós, "a marking off", also "rejection, banishment") is a figure of speech that calls into question if a word is properly used ("How can you call yourself a man?").[1] It often appears in the form of a rhetorical question which is meant to imply a difference between the present thing being discussed and the general notion of the subject.



  1. Myers, Wukasch (2003). The Dictionary of Poetic Terms. University of NORTH TEXAS Press. p. 22. ISBN 1574411667.

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