- the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.
- conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement.
- a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like: mathematical truths.
- the state or character of being true.
- actuality or actual existence.
- an obvious or accepted fact; truism; platitude.
- honesty; integrity; truthfulness.
- (often initial capital letter) ideal or fundamental reality apart from and transcending perceived experience: the basic truths of life.
- agreement with a standard or original.
- accuracy, as of position or adjustment.
- Archaic. fidelity or constancy.
- in truth, in reality; in fact; actually: In truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire.
Origin of truth
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- So·journ·er [soh-jur-ner, soh-jur-ner] /ˈsoʊ dʒɜr nər, soʊˈdʒɜr nər/, Isabella Van Wagener, 1797?–1883, U.S. abolitionist, orator, and women's-rights advocate, born a slave.
Examples from the Web for truth
Taraji manages to bring an equal measure of truth to the mother in her character.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
The media tend to frame situations like this as aberrations, but in this case, quite the opposite is the truth.Today’s GOP: Still Cool With Racist Pandering?
January 7, 2015
And I need to ask why their truth makes me so defensive, as if my truth is the only truth.
I need to resist my urge to talk them into my truth, just so I can feel more comfortable and secure.
And besides, as a nation, we hold this truth to be self-evident: resolutions are made to be broken.Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
The testimony of Pericles, Alcibiades, and Plato, confirmed the truth of his words.
"In truth, my father, I wished to avoid the pain of parting," rejoined Philæmon.
Listen to the voice that tries to win you back to innocence and truth!
But I got him too straight—let a drunken man alone for telling the truth when he's got it in him.
In truth, it's amazing to take count of the Western men among us in all the professions.
- the quality of being true, genuine, actual, or factualthe truth of his statement was attested
- something that is true as opposed to falseyou did not tell me the truth
- a proven or verified principle or statement; factthe truths of astronomy
- (usually plural) a system of concepts purporting to represent some aspect of the worldthe truths of ancient religions
- fidelity to a required standard or law
- faithful reproduction or portrayalthe truth of a portrait
- an obvious fact; truism; platitude
- honesty, reliability, or veracitythe truth of her nature
- accuracy, as in the setting, adjustment, or position of something, such as a mechanical instrument
- the state or quality of being faithful; allegiance
Word Origin and History for truth
Meaning "accuracy, correctness" is from 1560s. Unlike lie (v.), there is no primary verb in English or most other IE languages for "speak the truth." Noun sense of "something that is true" is first recorded mid-14c.
Let [Truth] and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter. [Milton, "Areopagitica," 1644]
Truth squad in U.S. political sense first attested 1952. Truthiness "act or quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than those known to be true," catch word popularized in this sense by U.S. comedian Stephen Colbert, declared by American Dialect Society to be "2005 Word of the Year."