# SAT vocabulary: axiom

What does **axiom** mean? Read below for the definition.

### Quick vocab quiz for the word *axiom*

First, before you read about the word **axiom**, try this quick vocab quiz:

**axiom** most nearly means

(A) concern

(B) time

(C) value

(D) truth

(E) rancor

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Now let’s learn about the word *axiom*.

##### Part of Speech of *axiom*

*axiom* is a NOUN.

##### Pronunciation of *axiom*

Here’s how to pronounce *axiom*:

**IPA:** /ˈæk.si.əm/

**Glossary-style:** [AHK-see-uhm]

##### Definition of *axiom*

*axiom* means: an idea or principle that a large number of people accept without proof as true (Ex: It is an axiom of American journalism that reporters should report the news without opinion or emotion.).

##### Explain more about *axiom*, please

An axiom is an idea that people accept as true without proof. For example, we have axioms in math, such as X = X. In common language, an axiom is a truth or “rule” that people accept as self-evident, such as “people want to be rewarded for their efforts” or “a society must have intelligent, working citizens in order to progress”.

You may wish to look at this list of examples of axioms.

##### Example of *axiom*

Here’s the word *axiom* used in a sentence:

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