dixit: a Latin phrase meaning he
himself said it
dixit; Dixit preceder; ___dixit (assertion without proof); ___
dixit (unproven assertion); ___ dixit (allegation)
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dixit is a Latin phrase meaning he himself said it. The term
labels a dogmatic statement asserted but not proved, to be
accepted on faith in the speaker.
legal and philosophical principle of "Ipse dixit"
involves an unproven assertion, which is claimed to be
authoritative because "[Latin 'he himself said it.'"]
It is asserted, but not proved, for example: "His testimony
that she was a liar was nothing more than an ipse dixit."
the Middle Ages, scholars often applied the term to justify
arguments if they had been used by Aristotle.
in De Natura Deorum (I, 5), refers to Pythagoras's students
debating, saying "ipse dixit", that is, "he said
it himself", speaking of Pythagoras, whose authority they
considered strong "even without reason".
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