tru·​ism ˈtrü-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce truism (audio)
: an undoubted or self-evident truth
especially : one too obvious for mention
truistic adjective

Examples of truism in a Sentence

ended his letter with the overused truism, “You can't win them all!”
Recent Examples on the Web But a corollary truism in politics also holds: Election outcomes often are a consequence. Ken Buck, National Review, 14 Feb. 2024 While the truism that change is the only constant has never felt more applicable, these four trends are already transforming the education landscape and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Talia Milgrom-Elcott, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 No matter the culture, whatever the era, primal human wiring governs a truism: When a chef trundles a cart into a dark dining room and sets food theatrically ablaze, heads will turn from every direction. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 The tired truism that journalism is history’s first draft does not quite apply to covering war—or not usually, in any case. Elliot Ackerman, The Atlantic, 18 Jan. 2024 That could change at some point, but for now the truism seems to be that what works for Netflix doesn’t necessarily work for everyone else, and vice versa. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2023 With his scientist’s brain, Chris Slay could not help but linger on a truism from biology: The result of natural selection is adequacy, not perfection. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2023 There are as many truisms about editing a film as there are filmmakers. Randee Dawn, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2023 With wars brewing in different corners of the world amid fresh memories of emergency sirens, death and empty city streets, an unsettling truism now rings over these projects. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 17 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of truism was in 1714

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“Truism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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tru·​ism ˈtrü-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce truism (audio)
: an obvious truth

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