#496. Maxim.-- N. maxim, aphorism; apothegm, apophthegm[obs]; dictum, saying, adage, saw, proverb; sentence, mot[Fr], motto, word, byword, moral, phylactery, protasis[obs].
axiom, theorem, scholium[obs], truism, postulate.
first principles, a priori fact, assumption (supposition) 514.
reflection &c (idea) 453; conclusion &c (judgment) 480; golden rule &c. (precept) 697; principle, principia[Lat]; profession of faith &c. (belief) 484; settled principle, accepted principle, formula.
received truth, wise maxim, sage maxim, received maxim, admitted maxim, recognized maxim &c; true saying, common saying, hackneyed saying, trite saying, commonplace saying &c.
Adj. aphoristic, proverbial, phylacteric[obs]; axiomatic, gnomic.
Adv. as the saying goes, as the saying is, as they say.