maxim

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max·im

noun \ˈmak-səm\

: a well-known phrase that expresses a general truth about life or a rule about behavior

Full Definition of MAXIM

1
:  a general truth, fundamental principle, or rule of conduct
2
:  a proverbial saying

Examples of MAXIM

  1. <it's a common maxim that a watched pot never boils, but that's not literally true>

Origin of MAXIM

Middle English maxime, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin maxima, from Latin, feminine of maximus, superl. of magnus large — more at much
First Known Use: 1567

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

Max·im

biographical name \ˈmak-səm\

Definition of MAXIM

Sir Hiram Stevens 1840–1916 British (Am.-born) inventor

Maxim

biographical name

Definition of MAXIM

Hudson 1853–1927 bro. of prec. Am. inventor

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