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ˈmæk sɪmmax·im

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. maxim, axiomnoun

    a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits

  2. Maxim, Sir Hiram Stevens Maximnoun

    English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)


  1. maximnoun

    A self-evident axiom or premise; a pithy expression of a general principle or rule.

    Etymology: From maxime and maxime, from maxima, noun use of the feminine singular form of maximus (apparently as used in the phrase propositio maxima "greatest premise").

  2. maximnoun

    A precept; a succinct statement or observation of a rule of conduct or moral teaching.

    Etymology: From maxime and maxime, from maxima, noun use of the feminine singular form of maximus (apparently as used in the phrase propositio maxima "greatest premise").

  3. Maximnoun

    The Maxim gun, a British machine gun of various calibres used by the British army from 1889 until World War I.

    Etymology: From maxime and maxime, from maxima, noun use of the feminine singular form of maximus (apparently as used in the phrase propositio maxima "greatest premise").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maximnoun

    an established principle or proposition; a condensed proposition of important practical truth; an axiom of practical wisdom; an adage; a proverb; an aphorism

  2. Maximnoun

    the longest note formerly used, equal to two longs, or four breves; a large


  1. Maxim

    Maxim is an international men's magazine targeted at heterosexual adult males and based in the United Kingdom, and known for its pictorials featuring popular actresses, singers, and female models often pictured scantily dressed but not fully nude, sometimes clothed. Between 2010 and 2012 Maxim eliminated two issues, going from 12 issues a year to just ten, and decreased its circulation numbers by 20 percent, from a reported 2.5 million to only 2 million.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Maxim

    maks′im, n. a general principle, serving as a rule or guide: a pithy saying: a proverb.—adjs. Max′imal; Max′imed, reduced to a maxim.—ns. Max′imist, Max′im-mong′er. [Fr.,—L. maxima (sententia, an opinion), superl. of magnus, great.]

  2. Maxim

    maks′im, n. often put for Max′im-gun, an automatic machine-gun capable of firing as many as 620 rounds per minute, and of accurate shooting up to 3000 yards. [From Hiram Maxim, the inventor.]

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  1. Maxim

    Patron saint of the American-English tourist in Paris who introduced New York prices into a naughty cafe. When a young man he discovered that the tourists were not paying enough money to see the sights. With the assistance of some handsomely gowned women he opened a cafe on the Rue Royal where they could. For years it was patronized by his countrymen until they were ruined. Later only royalty and tourists were permitted to enter and form a mistaken idea of the real French cafe, pay double prices for everything, see a few chorus girls, hear champagne bottles, and talk to English-speaking waiters. Ambition: Americans. Recreation: Staying at home. Press Agent: The Merry Widow and the Girl from Maxims. Epitaph: Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense.

  2. Maxim

    No relation of the above as he only manufactured things to kill people, and not to financially ruin them.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of maxim in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of maxim in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of maxim in a Sentence

  1. Immanuel Kant:

    May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law.

  2. John Adams:

    There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

  3. Bertrand Russell:

    Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.

  4. John Adams:

    Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society.

  5. Frank Rich:

    Donald Trump understands a show business maxim, which is that people like twists in a plot.

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