- The definition of maxim is a statement of a philosophy or a guiding principle.
An example of a maxim is to do unto others as you want others to do unto you.
The book of Proverbs is full of possible maxims.
Origin of maximMiddle English maxime ; from Middle French ; from Medieval Latin maxima ; from Late Latin maxima (propositio), the greatest (premise), feminine of Classical Latin maximus, greatest, superlative of magnus, great: see magni-
Origin of Maximafter Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim
- Maxim, Hiram Percy 1869-1936; U.S. inventor: son of Sir Hiram
- Maxim, Sir Hiram Stevens 1840-1916; Brit. engineer & inventor of weapons & explosives, born in the U.S.
- Maxim, Hudson 1853-1927; U.S. chemist & inventor of explosives: brother of Sir Hiram
Origin of maximMiddle English maxime, from Old French, from Medieval Latin maxima, from maxima (prōpositiō), greatest (premise), feminine of Latin maximus, greatest; see meg- in Indo-European roots.
From Anglo-Norman maxime and Middle French maxime, from Late Latin maxima (â€œaxiomâ€), noun use of the feminine singular form of Latin maximus (apparently as used in the phrase propositio maxima "greatest premise").
- The Maxim gun, a British machine gun of various calibres used by the British army from 1889 until World War I.
After the inventor Sir Hiram Maxim (1840-1916).
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