- 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 (“axiom”), noun use of the feminine singular form of Latin maximus (apparently as used in the phrase propositio maxima "greatest premise").
After the inventor Sir Hiram Maxim (1840-1916).
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