Origin of maxim
Synonyms for maxim
Related Words for maximaphorism, dictum, adage, theorem, proverb, motto, axiom, byword, commonplace, belief, truism, epithet, prescript, canon, rule, tenet, precept, moral, platitude, device
Examples from the Web for maxim
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of maxim
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.
Word Origin 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).