- an expression of a general truth or principle, especially an aphoristic or sententious one: the maxims of La Rochefoucauld.
- a principle or rule of conduct.
Origin of maxim
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- Hiram Percy,1869–1936, U.S. inventor.
- his fatherSir Hiram Stevens,1840–1916, English inventor, born in the U.S.: inventor of the Maxim gun.
- Hudson,1853–1927, U.S. inventor and explosives expert (brother of Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim).
- a male given name, form of Maximilian.
Examples from the Web for maxim
He should have stuck to his own maxim: march separately and fight together.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
Her book, for example, does not discuss her buzzed-about, scantily clad Maxim photo shoot from last year, and so neither do we.'Boy Meets World' Star Danielle Fishel Is OK with Being Topanga Forever
September 11, 2014
And now one of the nastiest men in Russia, Maxim Martsinkevich, has been sentenced to five years in prison.Jail Won't Stop Russia's Anti-Gay Psycho
August 20, 2014
The maxim proved true: Necessity is the mother of invention.Cheap Trick: Most Magicians Are Lazy Hacks
August 19, 2014
She felt a Maxim cover would be too racy, but now she finds herself performing solo acts for fans on MyFreeCams.Jenna Jameson Breaks Her Vow
November 18, 2013
He fired his volley of explanation at his employer with the rapidity of a Maxim gun.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Apply this maxim—you may do it a thousand ways, especially in company.
"No faith with duns" became, as he frankly declared, a maxim of his morality.
What a man does by another he does by himself, says the maxim.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
This expression has ever since held its place as a maxim of polite conversation.
- a brief expression of a general truth, principle, or rule of conduct
- Sir Hiram Stevens. 1840–1916, British inventor of the first automatic machine gun (1884), born in the US
Word Origin and History for maxim
"precept, principle," early 15c., from Middle French maxime, from Late Latin maxima, shortened from phrases such as maxima propositio, maxima sententarium "axiom," literally "greatest premise, greatest among propositions" (one which is general and absolute), from fem. of maximus "greatest" (see maximum).
single-barreled water-cooled machine gun, 1885, named for inventor, U.S.-born British engineer Sir Hiram S. Maxim (1840-1916).