tru·​ism | \ ˈtrü-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce truism (audio) \

Definition of truism

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

Other Words from truism

truistic \ trü-​ˈi-​stik How to pronounce truism (audio) \ 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 Among disaster-relief experts, the calamities of the past decade have forced the realization of a truism: first responders are victims; victims are first responders. Bruce Barcott, Outside Online, 25 Aug. 2011 Lelm was still composing herself when soprano Cari Plachy launched into an overworn truism about collective loss of control during the pandemic. Hannah Edgar,, 13 Feb. 2022 That this accurate synopsis is almost a truism would seem to indicate a problem. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 That truism helps explain why Manhattan’s Lower East Side waterfront is experiencing a significant transformation in residential values. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 In the meantime, an old truism bears repeating: We may be done with COVID. Joel Mathis, The Week, 12 Jan. 2022 But exercise, for women, also became inextricable from diet culture and beauty culture and everything else built on the truism that the easiest way to get rich is to help a woman feel bad about herself. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 13 Jan. 2022 Economic sanctions don’t work, the truism goes, but sanctions are good at what they’re supposed to do, imposing a cost for unwelcome behavior. WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 This truism has been a painful/enlightening reality for almost a decade for those who closely follow the game. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of truism

1714, in the meaning defined above

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25 Apr 2022

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“Truism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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