- being truly or very much so: a veritable triumph.
- Obsolete. true, as a statement or tale.
Origin of veritable
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1. real, genuine; utter.
1. See authentic.
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Examples from the Web for veritably
He had veritably saved her father from disaster; had saved her from—from many things.Thoroughbreds
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The things were not only close: they were veritably upon us!Vampires of Space
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He was breathing heavily; he looked, veritably, a wounded man.The Long Roll
The grandson, then and there, was veritably drunk with the frenzy of despair!Joan of Arc of the North Woods
Yes, it is even so: this is no vain phrase; it is veritably so.
- (intensifier; usually qualifying a word used metaphorically)he's a veritable swine!
- rare genuine or true; properI require veritable proof
C15: from Old French, from vérité truth; see verity
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Word Origin and History for veritably
late 15c., from Anglo-French and Old French veritable "true," from verité (see verity) + -able. Probably lost mid-17c. and reborrowed or revived after 1830. Related: Veritably.
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