|ˈnōmik| adj. expressed in or of the nature of short, pithy maxims or aphorisms : that most gnomic form, the aphorism; enigmatic; ambiguous : I had to have the gnomic response interpreted for me.
DERIVATIVES gnomically |-ik(ə)lē| adv.
ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from Greek gnōmikos (perhaps via French gnomique), from gnōmē ‘thought, judgment,’ (plural) gnōmai ‘sayings, maxims,’ related to gignōskein ‘know.’ (New Oxford American)
"Annie Dillard, America’s treasured explorer of spiritual cartography, in her gnomic For The Time Being, explores eternal spiritual issues through a random string of sources: a book of infant deformities, the mystic stories of Hasidic masters, the fascinating life of theologian and scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and for our purposes, the revelation of seeing thousands of ‘human bodies coming out of the earth.’” Joe Winkler, “Made in China: The Sublime Terracotta Warriors Visit New York City,” Huffington Post, 7 June 2012.