tru·ism | \ˈtrü-ˌi-zəm \

Definition of truism 

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

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Other Words from truism

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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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 Yeah, a new improv double bill consisting of the iO teams Alterboyz and Wet Bus, clearly demonstrates this truism. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "The two improv teams in Oh Hell Yeah demonstrate that timing is everything," 22 June 2018 Making unemployment an obstacle to getting a decent meal turns this obvious truism on its head. Michael Hiltzik,, "With food stamp bill, GOP once again promotes work requirements that don't work," 18 Apr. 2018 While that is mostly true, there are plenty of examples of people and organizations defying that truism with their overwhelming generosity. The Aegis, "So many needs [Editorial]," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of truism

1714, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of truism was in 1714

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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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