V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a widely accepted saying; 2. a general truth

Synonyms: axiom, dictum, rule, adage, epithet, motto


Tips: A maxim is usually a brief statement which can serve as a principle or rule for behavior or proper conduct.

Usage Examples:

The old maxim "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" is true in most cases. (adage, saying)

I try to live by the maxim "Patience is a virtue." (rule, motto)

He lived by the maxim "Nothing risked is nothing gained." (rule, motto)

Many companies employ maxims, or mottoes, to define their company philosophy. (mottoes, dictums)

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