from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A self-evident truth. See Synonyms at cliché.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A self-evident or obvious truth.
  • n. A banality or cliché.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An undoubted or self-evident truth; a statement which is pliantly true; a proposition needing no proof or argument; -- opposed to falsism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An undoubted or self-evident truth.
  • n. Synonyms Aphorism, Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an obvious truth


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  • Unfortunately, it has come to a point that a good test of a political "truism" is that, if a partisan Republican running for or holding office proclaims it, it is probably not true.

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  • And, we realized the old truism from the original cytogenetics which was that the telomere is really important for protecting ends and, as you might expect, the cell actually devotes all sorts of machinery to make sure that never goes wrong, or goes wrong as little as possible.

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  • The truism is that "correlation is not causation."

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  • By the way, one truism is that people in the popular media tend to view a large number of job losses as more newsworthy than an equivalent number of job additions, particularly if the former are concentrated in some way (in a particular firm, industry, locale, or so on).

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  • It made no sense for anyone to say this to me because *I* was proof that the "truism" -- or some kind of "ism", anyway -- was crap.

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  • And in spite of the obvious leaps beyond reality that shows like “Law & Order” take, one thing that is a truism is the cozy relationship between the police, district attorneys and judges.

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  • Before deciding what course to take, Mr. Cameron should recall a truism borne out by the darker chapters of Britain's long island story, including its lack of European allies when the American colonies rebelled or Neville Chamberlain's near-disastrous attempt to stand aloof from the continent in the 1930s.

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  • Besides the surface record as depicted by the climate science orthodoxy, another truism is the depicted record of Arctic sea ice extent.

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  • As I say, this is a truism, but, in our avid search for originality, it is sometimes forgotten that a truism is also true.

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  • Recalling the truism that most human characters have a hereditary basis, it is evident that the constitution of society will remain stable from generation to generation, only if each section of society is reproducing at the same rate as every other (and assuming, for the moment, that the death-rate remains constant).

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