golden rule

[ gohl-duhn rool ]
/ ˈgoʊl dən ˈrul /

noun

a rule of ethical conduct, usually phrased “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” paraphrased from the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31.
any philosophy, guiding principle, or ideal of behavior, as in a discipline, pursuit, or business: The protesters agreed that their golden rule would be “no violence.”

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Origin of golden rule

First recorded in 1550–60
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Example sentences from the Web for golden rule

  • In Paris her golden-rule philosophy had been turned topsy-turvy.

    The Gay Cockade|Temple Bailey
  • Of course, the word "rule" is often used to designate a principle—as in the case of the phrase "golden-rule."

    Ethics|John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts

British Dictionary definitions for golden rule

golden rule

noun

any of a number of rules of fair conduct, such as Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them (Matthew 7:12) or thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Leviticus 19:28)
any important principlea golden rule of sailing is to wear a life jacket
British the principle advocated by Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown (in office 1997–2007) that a government should only borrow to invest
another name for rule of three
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with golden rule

golden rule

see under do unto others.

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