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Maxim vs. Adage — What's the Difference?

Maxim vs. Adage — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Maxim and Adage

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Maxim

A short, pithy statement expressing a general truth or rule of conduct
The maxim that actions speak louder than words
May 16, 2022

Adage

A proverb or short statement expressing a general truth
The old adage ‘out of sight out of mind’
May 16, 2022

Maxim

A self-evident axiom or premise; a pithy expression of a general principle or rule.
May 16, 2022

Adage

An adage (; Latin: adagium) is a concise, memorable, and usually philosophical aphorism that communicates an important truth derived from experience, custom, or both, and that many people consider true and credible because of its longeval tradition, i.e. being handed down generation to generation, or memetic replication.
May 16, 2022

Maxim

A succinct formulation of a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule of conduct.
May 16, 2022
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Adage

A saying that sets forth a general truth and that has gained credit through long use. See Usage Note at redundancy.
May 16, 2022

Maxim

A precept; a succinct statement or observation of a rule of conduct or moral teaching.
May 16, 2022

Adage

An old saying which has obtained credit by long use.
May 16, 2022

Maxim

Alternative case form of Maxim
May 16, 2022

Adage

An old saying which has been overused or considered a cliché; a trite maxim.
May 16, 2022

Maxim

An established principle or proposition; a condensed proposition of important practical truth; an axiom of practical wisdom; an adage; a proverb; an aphorism.
'T is their maxim, Love is love's reward.
May 16, 2022

Adage

An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use; a proverb.
Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would,"Like the poor cat i' the adage.
May 16, 2022

Maxim

The longest note formerly used, equal to two longs, or four breves; a large.
May 16, 2022

Adage

A condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
May 16, 2022

Maxim

A saying that widely accepted on its own merits
May 16, 2022

Maxim

English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)
May 16, 2022

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