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 At a certain level of generality, this statement constitutes a truism. Rich Lowry, National Review, 7 Apr. 2024 In Virgin River, there are certain truisms: everyone hangs out at Jack's bar, the small town takes care of its own, and Charmaine is always pregnant. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 30 Nov. 2023 The truism is already apparent: The integration of AI into business operations is much more than a trend. Sanjay Bhatia, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Over a lunchtime conversation at Joe Allen, the restaurant and theater-district hangout, Summers recalled a truism he had been told about who achieves success in the entertainment industry. Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 One of the truest truisms in politics is that Presidential-election campaigns are marathons rather than sprints. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2024 But a corollary truism in politics also holds: Election outcomes often are a consequence. Ken Buck, National Review, 14 Feb. 2024 While the truism that change is the only constant has never felt more applicable, these four trends are already transforming the education landscape and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Talia Milgrom-Elcott, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 No matter the culture, whatever the era, primal human wiring governs a truism: When a chef trundles a cart into a dark dining room and sets food theatrically ablaze, heads will turn from every direction. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of truism was in 1714

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“Truism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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

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