I'm looking for a word that means an emphatic, definitely correct, powerful assertion, kind of like "undeniable" except that doesn't capture the action aspect of making a statement. (A thesaurus didn't help).

Things that almost work and why:

  1. Proclamation - it gets the loud announcement aspect but misses the factual and undeniable aspects. One can make an incorrect proclamation.

  2. Axiom - An axiom is certainly accurate and provable but axiom gives no indication of the method of delivery.

  3. Apodictic - it gets the clearly established and beyond dispute but again misses the emphatic delivery aspect

Contextual examples:

  1. to describe the act of yelling "the building is on fire" to twenty people who are standing nearby and somehow haven't noticed fifteen-meter flames coming out the windows. "Bob was kind enough to make the _____ that the building was on fire."

  2. When someone has a banana in their ear and they can't hear you say "you have a banana in your ear!" you've stated a _____.

In response to close vote as discussed in comments below: "..undeniability (stating the obvious) is only a part of the idea to be conveyed. In my example of the fire, no one knew the building was burning so though it was obvious, no one noticed. The question you link to [as duplicate] requests something that describes telling a fact everyone already knows.."

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    Axiomatic might work here. Not sure about the capture of action- perhaps proclamation is better? Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 20:57
  • @SpehroPefhany Proclamation is very close but too much like an announcement.
    – Still.Tony
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 21:04
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    That I would call 'Stating the Bleedin' Obvious', An idiom derived from a quote from Fawlty Towers (classic British sitcom starring John Cleese). See for example uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Stating_the_bleedin'_obvious
    – Avon
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 21:42
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    @JimReynolds Per discussion on EL&U question has been edited
    – Still.Tony
    Commented Jul 6, 2015 at 15:21
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    It's been my observation that humans can deny anything. And politicians can deny even more than that.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jul 26, 2015 at 13:21

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You're looking for "axiom", a statement that is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true.

  • axiom (noun) A self-evident or universally recognized truth; a maxim "It is an economic axiom as old as the hills that goods and services can be paid for only with goods and services" (Albert Jay Nock). TFD

  • axiomatic (adj) relating to or resembling an axiom; self-evident

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    What makes an axiom emphatic or powerful?
    – anemone
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 21:03
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    Agreed, axiom very well captures the technical definition but misses the emotion.
    – Still.Tony
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 21:05
  • Emphasis is achieved by tone or punctuation! Or even better, content.
    – Mazura
    Commented Jul 3, 2015 at 0:28

Indubitable may work for you. A statement that is indisputable, and beyond any doubt.

  • Indubitable is almost sarcastically understated. Not what I was looking for but I like it and may try to force it in if I can't capture the idea in one word.
    – Still.Tony
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 22:04
  • Bravo, good answer. There's a custom on this site to give references from recognised sources and to add the attribution. The first is to avoid unsubstantiated opinions, The second to comply with the law. Is that reasonable?
    – Hugh
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 22:05

Incontrovertible maybe?, like it can't be proven wrong.

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    Welcome to the site. Undeniably good answer to the question. Please choose and quote sound sources for your definitions, and then (for legal reasons) attribute them.
    – Hugh
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 22:16

Perhaps a Greek-derived term from philosophy would provide the "umph" you're looking for? An apodictic proposition is "1. Incontrovertible; demonstrably true or certain." (Wiktionary) If you must have a noun, apodict is the form, though it must be quite rare. (see also the Wikipedia article)

  • I really like apodictic but went with patent because it's more mainstream. +1
    – Still.Tony
    Commented Jul 3, 2015 at 12:11

Patent, in one of its lesser-used meanings:

readily visible or intelligible : obvious

Example: "The consultant's patent incompetence was somehow overlooked by management."

The person who makes a patent statement might be sarcastically called Captain Obvious.



1.the action or process of affirming something or being affirmed. "he nodded in affirmation"

  • synonyms: declaration, statement, assertion, proclamation, pronouncement, attestation

It's going to be hard to do it in one word. I suggest

blatant truism


"Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning": A concept which sums up the whole process of teaching/learning. As is so often said, "In teaching we learn." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloom%27s_taxonomy

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    Hello, jerry, and welcome to English Language & Usage. "Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning" is an interesting and (according to the Wikipedia article) influential framework for analyzing how people learn, but I don't see how it relate to the poster's question, which is a request for "a word that means an undeniable statement, stated emphatically." Please consider expanding your answer to clarify how the reference to Bloom's taxonomy provides (or helps provide) an answer to the poster's question. Thanks.
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 17:37

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