Definition - Writing that deals with instructive truths pithily expressed.
Note: A gnome is a short, pithy statement of general truth.

Example -
Don't eat yellow snow.

Etymology -
The word gnomic derives from the French gnomique (from the Late Latin gnomicus, concerned with maxims). The concept was invented by the Greeks who called it gnomikos (from gignoskein, to come to know).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its firt citation is from 1577:
"Gnome, a saying pertaining to the maners and common practises of men, which declareth, by an apte brevity, what in this our lyfe ought to be done, or not done."
(Henry Peacham, the Elder, The Garden of Eloquence (1577), Viij)

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