truism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n truism an obvious truth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Truism An undoubted or self-evident truth; a statement which is pliantly true; a proposition needing no proof or argument; -- opposed to falsism. "Trifling truisms clothed in great, swelling words."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n truism An undoubted or self-evident truth.
    • n truism Synonyms Aphorism, Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Truism trōō′izm a plain or self-evident truth
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From True

Usage

In literature:

Great truths may be repeated until they become truisms, and we fail to note what they in reality convey.
"The Cruise of the Betsey" by Hugh Miller
She turned a quick, sparkling glance of affirmation, as if she had lately had some trouble to maintain that ancient truism.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
Rank truism, the reader will say.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
Hengstenberg's remark, that all, even the beloved, must labour, is a mere truism.
"Notes and Queries, Number 218, December 31, 1853" by Various
Even general propositions which sound like truisms are not universally true.
"Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics" by William Thomas Thornton
But why should a great man waste his energies in propagating such a barren truism?
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
This is true; in fact, it is a truism.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
This cheerful doctrine now strikes on the ear as a commonplace and a truism.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
Duty is done upon truisms.
"The Claims of Labour an essay on the duties of the employers to the employed" by Arthur Helps
This seems a truism, but the neglect of these plain axioms causes many mistakes in decorative art.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
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In poetry:

All poetry is what you make it.
And even when the truism's not worth
The rhyme, the flow of verse is scared.
The notebook's open-so flow forth!
"Poetry" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

In a Monday column, pundit Cal Thomas begins with what he acknowledges is a truism : "Whenever the federal government steps in, costs usually rise and efficiency declines".
Eliot Spitzer's Folksy Truism .
Garbage in, garbage out has been a truism in computing since its beginning.
The top truism in TV sports: NFL TV ratings are bulletproof.
It is a truism, but it's worth saying nonetheless: Politics lags behind culture , especially Hollywood's version of it.
It's a Hollywood truism that nobody sets out to make a bad movie, but how else to explain a debacle like "Alex Cross".
The experience affirmed for me an old truism of travel: you cannot really know a city until people who live there invite you to dinner.
Ruth Franklin begins her review of Jeffrey Eugenides's novel The Marriage Plot in the December 1 New Republic with a "truism".
Here's a labor law truism: When the economy heads south, employment discrimination claims head north.
But a young scientist at NASA wondered whether that truism was really true.
I encourage every American of voting age to ponder these truisms before they vote during this election.
In my critique of President Obama's 17-minute campaign documentary, "The Road We've Traveled," I took issue with the claim, now taken as a truism by Obama supporters, that he inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression.
One of the refreshing aspects of Disney's Prom is that it understands this simple truism.
If the Internet has proven one truism over and over again, it's that there is always more to the story than originally thought.
If there's a truism in the camp business it's that the Internet has unleashed a swarm of hits on camp websites as parents and kids use it to find the perfect camp.
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In science:

If nothing else, this study provides a new illustration of the truism that no single procedure could ever be declared best for simultaneously testing for all forms of multivariate dependence.
Asymptotic local efficiency of Cram\'{e}r--von Mises tests for multivariate independence
The above premises are largely truisms. Nevertheless, we need to keep them in mind for our discussions.
A theoretical foundation for building Knowledge-work Support Systems
Fifth – a truism – software pipelines have to be fully functional before the searches begin.
Cosmic Explosions (Optical Transients)
We have attempted to inject a dose of skepticism about some well-accepted truisms and to highlight important questions where even the observations do not present a completely consistent picture.
Star Formation in the Milky Way and Nearby Galaxies
It is a truism that astrophysics and cosmology play a unique role in neutrino physics, and conversely, that these light, weakly interacting particles are absolutely crucial for some of the most interesting astrophysical phenomena such as core-collapse supernovae and for the universe at large.
Neutrino Astrophysics at the Cross Roads
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