Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 496 (Maxim)

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#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.

accepted fact.

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.