gnomic aorist
Definition - A Greek mood used to express eternal truths.

Example -
The closest English approximation it is found in statments like Curiosity killed the cat.

Etymology -
The word aorist derives from the Greek aoristos (khronos), indefinite (tense).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1867:
"The aorist is used in proverbs, &c. (gnomic aorist) to express what once happened, and has thereby established a precedent for all time."
(Farrar Grk. Syntax §154 )



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