AskDefine | Define maxim

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1 a saying that widely accepted on its own merits [syn: axiom]
2 English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916) [syn: Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim]

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see maxim



From the saint's name Maximus, cognate to French Maxime and Russian Максим.

Proper noun

  1. A given name.

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Extensive Definition

Maxim may refer to:
People with the given name Maxim:
maxim in Danish: Maxim
maxim in German: Maxim
maxim in Italian: Maxim
maxim in Dutch: Maxim
maxim in Polish: Maxim
maxim in Russian: Максим (значения)
maxim in Finnish: Maxim
maxim in Ukrainian: Максим (значення)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Procrustean law, a belief, adage, aphorism, apophthegm, apothegm, article of faith, axiom, brocard, byword, canon, cliche, code, commandment, commonplace, convention, criterion, dictum, doctrine, dogma, epigram, form, formality, formula, formulary, general principle, gnome, golden rule, guideline, guiding principle, imperative, law, law of nature, mitzvah, moral, mot, motto, norm, norma, order of nature, ordinance, platitude, precept, prescribed form, prescript, prescription, principium, principle, proverb, regulation, rubric, rule, rule of thumb, saw, saying, set form, settled principle, slogan, standard, standing order, teaching, tenet, theorem, truism, universal law, witticism, working principle, working rule
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