axiom, adage, proverb
- An axiom is a universally accepted rule or principle or a self-evident truth: "There can be only one straight line between two points." "It is an axiom of economics that supply and demand are closely related." An adage is a statement given credit by long usage and general acceptance: "It never rains but it pours." "It is always darkest before the dawn." A proverb is a short saying, usually of unknown origin, that expresses a useful thought or commonplace truth: "A rolling stone gathers no moss." "A stitch in time saves nine." The general word saying embraces the meanings of these terms and also those of aphorism, maxim, apothegm, epigram, and motto.
Dictionary of problem words and expressions. Harry Shaw. 1975.
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adage — See axiom. See axiom, adage, proverb … Dictionary of problem words and expressions
proverb — See axiom. See axiom, adage, proverb … Dictionary of problem words and expressions
axiom — See axiom, adage, proverb … Dictionary of problem words and expressions
proverb — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. maxim, axiom, adage, precept, saying. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. maxim, adage, aphorism, precept, saw, saying, motto, dictum, text, witticism, repartee, axiom, truism, apothegm, byword, catch phrase, mot … English dictionary for students
Adage — Ad age, n. [F. adage, fr. L. adagium; ad + the root of L. aio I say.] An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use; a proverb. [1913 Webster] Letting I dare not wait upon I would, Like the poor cat i the adage. Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn:… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
adage — [n] saying or proverb aphorism, apothegm, axiom, byword, dictum, maxim, motto, precept, saw; concept 276 … New thesaurus
axiom — [n] principle adage, aphorism, apothegm, device, dictum, fundamental, law, maxim, moral, postulate, precept, proposition, proverb, saying, theorem, truism, truth; concepts 278,688,689 Ant. absurdity, ambiguity, foolishness, nonsense, paradox … New thesaurus
proverb — [n] saying referring to common fact, knowledge adage, aphorism, apophthegm, axiom, byword, catch phrase, daffodil*, dictum, epigram, folk wisdom, gnome, maxim, moral, motto, platitude, precept, repartee, saw*, text, truism, witticism, word;… … New thesaurus
adage — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. proverb, saw, saying, aphorism, motto, maxim. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. aphorism, saying, maxim; see proverb , saying . See Synonym Study at saying . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n.… … English dictionary for students
adage — noun I should have remembered the old adage look before you leap Syn: saying, maxim, axiom, proverb, aphorism, saw, dictum, byword, precept, motto, truism, platitude, cliché, apophthegm, commonplace … Thesaurus of popular words