tru·​ism | \ˈtrü-ˌi-zəm \

Definition of truism 

: an undoubted or self-evident truth especially : one too obvious for mention

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truistic \trü-​ˈi-​stik \ adjective

Examples of truism in a Sentence

ended his letter with the overused truism, “You can't win them all!”

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That old truism from the Watergate affair also applies to the scandals plaguing some of the world’s biggest tech companies, says NYU professor Scott Galloway. Eric Johnson, Recode, "When big companies are hacked, should they have to disclose it immediately?," 13 Oct. 2018 But the all-Drake all-the-time stunt underscores a truism: Scorpion is the unavoidable event release of the summer. Dan Deluca,, "Drake, Ariana Grande, Cardi B and the other songs to create the best Summer music playlist," 5 July 2018 Read more: Those numbers reflect a truism for the market: Passenger cars continue to take a back seat to SUVs, a sales trend that has been years in the making and tends to boost the bottom line. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Auto industry touts strong sales, but tariff talk clouds picture," 3 July 2018 One of the truisms of the discussion is that a chronic condition necessary for a democracy to erode into something else is for the infrastructures of collective truth-telling to be allowed to crumble into disrepair. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "How to Look Away," 20 June 2018 Americans love nothing more, the truism goes, than a good redemption story; Jimmy Kimmel, conscientious and Cronkitian, is currently starring in such a tale. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Forgiving Jimmy Kimmel," 2 Mar. 2018 The corollary to this truism of the job market is that job-hunting is all about connections. Ellevate,, "How cold calling could actually work when you're networking," 12 July 2018 The latest company to demonstrate this truism is AT&T, which repeatedly insisted during its nearly two-year effort to purchase media giant Time Warner that the $85-billion deal would practically be a Christmas present for consumers. David Lazarus,, "When companies say a merger will result in lower prices, try laughing in their face," 10 July 2018 Debate is healthy; debate is necessary; debate is American; those democratic truisms, however, haven’t always translated to discussions of American feminism. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Self-Defeating Ways Americans Talk About Feminism," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of truism

1714, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of truism

: a true statement that is very commonly heard : a common statement that is obviously true

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