horismus  horismus
 hor-is'-mus Gk. "boundary" ("definition")
Also sp. orismus, horismus
definitio, finitio
definer of difference, definition

Providing a clear, brief definition, especially by explaining differences between associated terms.

Truth is a knowledge of things as they are, as they have been, and as they will be.

Beauty is nothing but a transitory charm, an illusion of senses, a slave of pleasure; a flower which has but a moment of life; a dial, on which we neer look, but while the sun shines on it: it is a dunghill covered with snow; a glass painted with false colors. --John Smith

Related Figures
  • circumlocution
    An opposite term to horismus: To describe or define something in a roundabout or indirect manner.
  • systrophe
    An opposite term to horismus: The listing of many qualities or descriptions of someone or something, without providing an explicit definition.
Related Topics of Invention
  • Definition
See Also
  • Figures of Definition
  Sources: Ad Herennium 4.25.35 ("definitio"); Sherry (1550) 58 ("orismus," "definicio," "definition"); Putt. (1589) 239 ("orismus," "definer of difference"); Day 1599 97 ("orismus," "definitio," finitio")

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