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ipse dixit (IP-see DIK-sit) noun
An assertion without supporting proof.
[From Latin, literally, he himself said it.]
The term ipse dixit is the Latin equivalent of the Greek autos epha, referring to Pythagoras, as in, The master (Pythagoras) said it so it must be true and no proof is needed. In our modern world, this has many forms:
Child: Why do I have to go to bed at eight every day?
Employee: Why do we have to do this project if it's going to be scrapped anyway?
"The state had relied so heavily upon the ipse dixit that 'it is a nuisance
because I say it is,' the Supreme Court could not as a matter of law say
whether a nuisance in fact existed."
"Nor was it what the framers of the Indiana Constitution intended. Even
though the state held a constitutional convention in 1850-51 to repair
what even back then was a Sargasso Sea of ipse dixits, nobody paid any
This week's theme: terms from Latin.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues. -Rene Descartes, philosopher and mathematician (1596-1650)
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