Maxim (max’-im): One of several terms describing short, pithy sayings. Others include adage, apothegm, gnome, paroemia, proverb, and sententia.
He who laughs last didn’t get the joke. Get it?
Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).
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