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Aphorismus noun /a-phor-'is-mus/

Means A figure of speech which calls into question the proper meaning of a word

Comes From Greek ἀφορισμός, aphorismós, "a marking off,' "distinction" or "definition", also "rejection, banishment"

Use Rather than using the word in the sentence I offer two examples of an aphorismus in action.  The latter is NSFW due to language but generally regarded as culturally fundamental as the former. :-)

"For you have but mistook me all this while. 
I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends: subjected thus, 
How can you say to me I am a king?" 
Shakespeare, Richard II Act 3, scene 2, 174-177

Tags: a, greek, noun

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