axiom vs. maxim – The Correct Way to Use Each – English Learning

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Axiom

Definition:

a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits; a general truth (a synonym for a maxim)

Examples:

The coach's favorite axiom is about winning, of course.

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Maxim

Definition:

a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits - a general truth (synonym for axiom)

Examples:

the doctrine of sovereign immunity originated with the maxim that the king can do no wrong

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