tru·​ism ˈtrü-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce truism (audio)
: an undoubted or self-evident truth
especially : one too obvious for mention
truistic adjective

Example Sentences

ended his letter with the overused truism, “You can't win them all!”
Recent Examples on the Web Here is a truism of our political discourse that is not widely enough recognized: The right thinks in terms of morals, while the left tends to see matters through an economic lens. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 6 Sep. 2022 It is not argued as a simplified truism of Black existence. Robert Daniels, Time, 14 Oct. 2022 Much of modern art was an attempt to escape this truism — to make pictures that don’t depict anything and are therefore singular, unrepeatable. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 To be important to others—to matter—has become more than just a truism. Francine Russo, Scientific American, 6 Oct. 2022 The excessive figuration of Hamelin’s part seems like a perverse joke on the chamber music truism that piano parts are always much more difficult than what their string-playing colleagues deal with. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2022 Ralph Waldo Emerson reflects a truism about the horror genre: People are more fascinated by villains than heroes. John Blake, CNN, 14 Aug. 2022 Waiting in line for tacos is a truism of life in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 At times like these, when an issue has pushed American political life to a white heat, some sage often steps forth to restate a truism: All politics is local. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 29 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of truism was in 1714

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“Truism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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

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