maxim

[ mak-sim ]
/ ˈmæk sɪm /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. maxilliped,
  2. maxillodental,
  3. maxillofacial,
  4. maxillomandibular,
  5. maxillotomy,
  6. maxim gun,
  7. maxima,
  8. maximal,
  9. maximal dose,
  10. maximal ideal

Origin of maxim

1400–50; late Middle English maximeMedieval Latin maxima (orig. in phrase maxima prōpositiō axiom, literally, greatest proposition), noun use of feminine of Latin maximus, superlative of magnus great; see much

Can be confusedadage aphorism apothegm axiom maxim proverb

Maxim

[ mak-sim; for 4 also French mak-seem, Russian muh-ksyeem ]
/ ˈmæk sɪm; for 4 also French makˈsim, Russian mʌˈksyim /

noun

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for maxim

maxim

/ (ˈmæksɪm) /

noun

a brief expression of a general truth, principle, or rule of conduct

Word Origin for maxim

C15: via French from Medieval Latin, from maxima, in the phrase maxima prōpositio basic axiom (literally: greatest proposition); see maximum

Maxim

/ (ˈmæksɪm) /

noun

Sir Hiram Stevens. 1840–1916, British inventor of the first automatic machine gun (1884), born in the US
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Word Origin and History for maxim
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