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veracity

[vuh-ras-i-tee]
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noun, plural ve·rac·i·ties for 4.
  1. habitual observance of truth in speech or statement; truthfulness: He was not noted for his veracity.
  2. conformity to truth or fact; accuracy: to question the veracity of his account.
  3. correctness or accuracy, as of the senses or of a scientific instrument.
  4. something veracious; a truth.

Origin of veracity

1615–25; < Medieval Latin vērācitās, equivalent to Latin vērāc- (stem of vērāx) true + -itās- -ity
Related formsnon·ve·rac·i·ty, noun, plural non·ve·rac·i·ties.

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1. honesty, integrity, credibility.
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Examples from the Web for veracity

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  • The simplicity and veracity of the wife of Manoah appear in her address to him.

  • It asks no other bond than his promise, no other evidence or attestation than his veracity.

  • He was always hinting doubts of the veracity of Sindbad the Sailor.

  • I can only vouch for its veracity by quoting the famous phrase, "If you see it in the Sun, it is so."

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • I will afford the most unquestionable demonstration of the veracity of my declarations.

    Imogen

    William Godwin


British Dictionary definitions for veracity

veracity

noun plural -ties
  1. truthfulness or honesty, esp when consistent or habitual
  2. precision; accuracy
  3. something true; a truth

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin vērācitās, from Latin vērax; see veracious
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Word Origin and History for veracity

n.

1620s, from French véracité, from Medieval Latin veracitatem (nominative veracitas) "truthfulness," from Latin verax (genitive veracis) "truthful," from verus "true" (see very).

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