truism

noun

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 That truism exploded in 2020, when a 39-year-old Silver Lake urban planner stormed the proverbial gates with a candidacy powered by progressives who had previously paid more attention to national politics than to their own backyards. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2024 This is a watershed Curb episode for sharing the basic David truism that lesbians love Larry. Larry Fitzmaurice, Vulture, 8 Apr. 2024 That truism, at last, seems to be shifting, with workers enjoying more of the fruits of their labor. New York Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News, 4 Feb. 2024 Tapscott’s analysis strikingly underlines the truism that, in authoritarian states, the army and the police serve the regime, not the public. Rebecca Tapscott, Foreign Affairs, 14 Dec. 2021 See all Example Sentences for truism 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'truism.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of truism was in 1714

Dictionary Entries Near truism

Cite this Entry

“Truism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truism. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

truism

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

More from Merriam-Webster on truism

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!