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This page Dictum is part of the language series. Illustration: The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing (c. 1887) by Odilon Redon, a dictum from the Pensées (1669) by Blaise Pascal.
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Illustration: The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing (c. 1887) by Odilon Redon, a dictum from the Pensées (1669) by Blaise Pascal.

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A dictum is an authoritative statement; a dogmatic saying; an adage, a maxim, an apothegm.

According to the Oxford Thesaurus of English, synonyms for dictum are "saying, maxim, axiom, proverb, adage, aphorism, saw, precept, epigram, epigraph, motto, truism, platitude, commonplace; words of wisdom, pearls of wisdom; expression, phrase, formula, slogan, quotation, quote; rare apothegm, gnome."

Etymology

From Latin dictum (“proverb, maxim”), from dīcō (say, speak).

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