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[vuh-ras-i-tee] /vəˈræs ɪ ti/
noun, plural veracities for 4.
habitual observance of truth in speech or statement; truthfulness:
He was not noted for his veracity.
conformity to truth or fact; accuracy:
to question the veracity of his account.
correctness or accuracy, as of the senses or of a scientific instrument.
something veracious; a truth.
Origin of veracity
1615-25; < Medieval Latin vērācitās, equivalent to Latin vērāc- (stem of vērāx) true + -itās- -ity
Related forms
nonveracity, noun, plural nonveracities.
1. honesty, integrity, credibility. Unabridged
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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.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • 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


noun (pl) -ties
truthfulness or honesty, esp when consistent or habitual
precision; accuracy
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

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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