truism

noun tru·ism \ ˈtrü-ˌi-zəm \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of truism

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

truistic

play \trü-ˈis-tik\ adjective

Examples of truism in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of truism

1714


TRUISM Defined for English Language Learners

truism

noun

Definition of truism for English Language Learners

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



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