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[vuh-rid-i-kuh l] /vəˈrɪd ɪ kəl/
truthful; veracious.
corresponding to facts; not illusory; real; actual; genuine.
Sometimes, veridic.
Origin of veridical
1645-55; < Latin vēridicus (vēr(us) true + -i- -i- + -dicus speaking) + -al1
Related forms
veridicality, noun
veridically, adverb
unveridic, adjective
unveridical, adjective
unveridically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for veridical
Historical Examples
  • Yet the source of the message may have been perfectly "veridical."

  • veridical warnings are a commonplace in the literature of all countries.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Since casual hallucinations of the sane, then, are thus frequent, we can hardly venture to assume that they are all veridical.

  • Perhaps the author went on to discuss “veridical hallucinations,” but his ideas about these things must be considered later.

    Alfred Tennyson Andrew Lang
  • In the meantime with shaking bodies and infirm gesture the Parcae began to intone their veridical chant.

    The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus Caius Valerius Catullus
  • I know of many people who have had veridical hallucinations, either during sleep or when awake.

  • Ah, would to God that I had now a bottle of the best wine that ever those drank who shall read this so veridical history!

  • At Paris, by lying Rumour which proved prophetic and veridical, the fall of Verdun was known some hours before it happened.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • In the records of the mind, where the inner chronicle of life is written, they are intensely clear and veridical.

    The Valley of Vision Henry Van Dyke
  • Your dream or hallucination is said to be veridical when it conveys an idea which is both true and previously unknown to you.

    Occultism and Common-Sense Beckles Willson
British Dictionary definitions for veridical


(psychol) of or relating to revelations in dreams, hallucinations, etc, that appear to be confirmed by subsequent events
Derived Forms
veridicality (vɪˌrɪdɪˈkælɪtɪ) noun
veridically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vēridicus, from vērus true + dīcere to say
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Word Origin and History for veridical

1650s, from Latin veridicus, from verum "truth," neuter of verus "true" (see very) + dic-, stem of dicere "to speak" (see diction).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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