Definition of Maxim

1. Noun. A saying that is widely accepted on its own merits.

Exact synonyms: Axiom
Generic synonyms: Expression, Locution, Saying
Specialized synonyms: Aphorism, Apophthegm, Apothegm, Gnome, Moralism
Derivative terms: Axiomatic

2. Noun. English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916).
Exact synonyms: Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim
Generic synonyms: Artificer, Discoverer, Inventor

Definition of Maxim

1. n. An established principle or proposition; a condensed proposition of important practical truth; an axiom of practical wisdom; an adage; a proverb; an aphorism.

Definition of Maxim

1. Proper noun. The Maxim gun, a British machine gun of various calibres used by the British army from 1889 until World War I. ¹

2. Noun. (rare) A self-evident axiom or premise; a pithy expression of a general principle or rule. ¹

3. Noun. A precept; a succinct statement or observation of a rule of conduct or moral teaching. ¹

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Definition of Maxim

1. a brief statement of a general truth or principle [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Maxim

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Literary usage of Maxim

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1. Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced by John Bartlett (1906)
"maxim 780. The highest condition takes rise in the lowest. maxim 781. I No one knows what he can do till he tries. maxim 786. \ It matters not what you are ..."

2. History of Christian Doctrine by George Park Fisher (1896)
"The Schoolmen followed Augustine in their maxim that faith is to seek for knowledge ... The fundamental maxim was received generally, even by the boldest ..."

3. The Craftsman by Gustav Stickley (1905)
"maxim GORKY, THE AUTHOR-EXILE. RESENTATIVE OF NEW RUSSIA A REP- I have come ... —maxim GORKY the present moment a great page of history is being written by ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"(169 J children under the age of puberty.(165) But a fatal maxim was introduced into the ¡jew jurisprudence of the empire, that in the case of treason, ..."

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