Definition of truism in English:



  • 1A statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting.

    ‘the truism that you get what you pay for’
    • ‘This episode reinforces that old truism that there are two sides to each story and that neither is all white or all black.’
    • ‘An old truism regarding alcoholism is that if someone close to you thinks it's a problem, it's a problem.’
    • ‘No-one should argue against teaching future citizens to think critically and to subject orthodoxies and truisms to rigorous examination.’
    • ‘Sometimes a truism can be proclaimed in a manner that makes it startling.’
    • ‘Most of us will see it as a truism but it is also a warning against the tendency of all of us, ethnobiologists are no exception, to get carried away.’
    • ‘In the end, though, it's that old truism about parental guidance that counts.’
    • ‘They are truisms though no less true because of that.’
    • ‘It's an obvious truism but to succeed, the team's whole must exceed the sum of its parts.’
    • ‘It is a truism that rights and responsibilities go hand in hand.’
    • ‘But, there is an old truism in public relations - you don't repeat the charges against you.’
    • ‘Even if what you were suggesting was true, you would merely be confirming an old moral truism that evil actions can have good consequences.’
    • ‘I won't reveal any more of the plot than that, but if there's a moral to this story, it's that old truism that says that curiosity killed the cat.’
    • ‘It's full of truisms, generalisations and nonsense.’
    • ‘An old truism about the perverse ways of big business surfaced again last week in the pages of the Financial Times.’
    • ‘It's a truism that as a general rule consumers seek bargains and businesses seek profits.’
    • ‘Let's put aside the obvious truism, applicable to both Old and New Media, that the value of a creative work increases as more people are exposed to it.’
    • ‘They were able to question the truisms that dominated British political thought, and thus set out in astonishingly new directions.’
    • ‘It is a truism to say that we describe the world through the lens our own experience.’
    • ‘It is a truism to say that humanity is gone out of journalism.’
    • ‘It is a truism to say that fieldwork is a prerequisite to any sort of research on Neotropical birds.’
    platitude, commonplace, cliché, banal saying, hackneyed saying, overworked saying, trite saying, stock phrase, banality, old chestnut, bromide
    maxim, axiom, saw
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    1. 1.1Logic A proposition that states nothing beyond what is implied by any of its terms.
      • ‘Like other valid theorems, this is a truism, but it is not useless, for it helps in organising the argument.’
      • ‘Consider, however, the following four truisms about correlation.’
      • ‘The proof of the Proposition shows that the common truisms are precisely the elements of and unions of elements of, so any commonly known event is the consequence of a common truism.’
      • ‘No one denies the truism that the dreamer cannot really connect his dream with his waking past, which is one reading of this response.’