Definition of maxim in English:

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maxim

Pronunciation: /ˈmaksəm/

noun

A short, pithy statement expressing a general truth or rule of conduct: the maxim that actions speak louder than words
More example sentences
  • The general maxim is that it is better for ten guilty men to go free than punish an innocent, and so we should oppose this change.
  • Perhaps, the gist of it all could be summed up in the old maxim that truth is stranger than fiction.
  • And the loveable curmudgeon is responsible for most of literature's best quotations, maxims and aphorisms.
Synonyms
saying, adage, aphorism, proverb, motto, saw, axiom, dictum, precept, epigram;
truism, cliché

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting an axiom): from French maxime, from medieval Latin (propositio) maxima 'largest or most important (proposition)'.

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Syllabification: max·im

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