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.

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

Definition for maxim (2 of 2)

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 (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for maxim (2 of 2)

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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