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A statement that is obviously true or that is often presented as true: "the truism that envy often masquerades as resentment" (John Rawls). See Synonyms at cliché.
tru·is′tic (tro͞o-ĭs′tĭk) adj.
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an obvious truth; platitude
[C18: from true + -ism]
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tru•ism(ˈtru ɪz əm)
a self-evident, obvious truth, esp. a cliché.
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a self-evident, obvious truth. — truistic, truistical, adj.See also: Truth and Error
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true statement, truth - a true statement; "he told the truth"; "he thought of answering with the truth but he knew they wouldn't believe it"
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noun cliché, commonplace, platitude, axiom, stock phrase, trite saying the truism that nothing succeeds like success
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