axiom vs proverb

Status
Not open for further replies.
A

Anonymous

Guest
What is the difference between an axiom and a proverb ?
Or, to put it in another way,
When is an expression considered as an axiom and not a proverb
and vise versa ?
Thanks.
 

RonBee

Moderator
Joined
Feb 9, 2003
Member Type
Other
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Axiom or proverb?

It's hard to say. Indeed, one of the synonyms for axiom is proverb.

What prompted the question?
 

Tdol

Editor, UsingEnglish.com
Staff member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
Japan
An axiom is something widely recognised to be true, while proverbs are not always- many proverbs contradict each other. ;-)
 

RonBee

Moderator
Joined
Feb 9, 2003
Member Type
Other
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
tdol said:
An axiom is something widely recognised to be true, while proverbs are not always- many proverbs contradict each other. ;-)

So proverbs are not necessarily axiomatic?

:wink:
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top