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- noun An unsupported assertion, usually by a person of standing; a dictum.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An assertion without proof; a dogmatic expression of opinion; a dictum.
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- phrase rhetoric An
unproved propositionthat is accepted solely on the authorityof someone who is known to have assertedit; a dogmaticstatement; a dictum.
- phrase An authority who makes such an assertion.
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- noun an unsupported dogmatic assertion
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[From Latin ipse dīxit, he himself said (it) : ipse, he himself + dīxit, third person sing. perfect tense of dīcere, to say.]
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From Latin ipse ("himself") dīxit ("he said"), third-person singular perfect active of dīcō ("say, speak"), a calque of Ancient Greek αὐτός (autos) ἔφα (epha). Originally used by the followers of Pythagoreanism, who claimed this or that proposition to be uttered by Pythagoras himself.
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