(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. maxim, axiom, adage, precept, saying.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. maxim, adage, aphorism, precept, saw, saying, motto, dictum, text, witticism, repartee, axiom, truism, apothegm, byword, catch phrase, mot, epigram, moral, folk wisdom, platitude.
See Synonym Study at saying .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
adage, maxim, aphorism, saying, epigram, axiom, truism, bromide, saw, cliche. The wisdom of the streets.''—William Benham. A short sentence based on long experience.''—Miguel de Cervantes.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun A usually pithy and familiar statement of an observation or principle generally accepted as wise or true: adage, aphorism, byword, maxim, motto, saw, saying. See WORDS.

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