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.
Other definitions for Maxim (2 of 2)
Hiram Percy, 1869–1936, U.S. inventor.
his father, Sir 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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How to use maxim in a sentence
He took us up to that Art Nouveau museum that was on the top floor of maxim’s and walked us through his whole private collection.‘House of Cardin’ aims to be more than a fashion documentary | radmarya | August 27, 2020 | Fortune
The first day filming with Cardin involved a sit-down interview inside the restaurant maxim’s, which is owned by the designer.‘House of Cardin’ aims to be more than a fashion documentary | radmarya | August 27, 2020 | Fortune
Now, it seems some of those CEOs will seek to apply the maxim “never let a good crisis go to waste”.The second wave of agency staff cost cuts is starting to build — but it might not crash as hard as the spring swell | Seb Joseph | August 13, 2020 | Digiday
Leonard Lauder’s often critiqued “lipstick effect,” maxim she added, which suggests that women will buy cosmetics throughout a recession.‘No brainer’: Marie Claire launches sampling business to boost revenue and data practice | Lucinda Southern | August 3, 2020 | Digiday
The maxim that a company’s customers are its best marketers is truer now than ever before at General Mills.For some brands, General Mills is prioritizing brand advocates over influencers | Seb Joseph | July 21, 2020 | Digiday
As the Latin maxim puts it: De gustibus non est disputandum.
He should have stuck to his own maxim: march separately and fight together.
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 | Kevin Fallon | September 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And now one of the nastiest men in Russia, maxim Martsinkevich, has been sentenced to five years in prison.
The maxim proved true: Necessity is the mother of invention.
I, therefore, deliver it as a maxim, that whoever desires the character of a proud man ought to conceal his vanity.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
And the maxim of laissez faire became the last word of social wisdom.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
"It's dogged as does it," is not only the maxim of agricultural labourers in remote country districts.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
From the earliest days great commanders have rubbed in the maxim, "If you attack, attack with all your force."Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
They have a living faith in the potency of the Horse-Guards, and in the maxim that "Safe bind is sure find."Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for maxim (1 of 2)
a brief expression of a general truth, principle, or rule of conduct
British Dictionary definitions for Maxim (2 of 2)
Sir Hiram Stevens. 1840–1916, British inventor of the first automatic machine gun (1884), born in the US
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