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verity

[ver-i-tee]
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noun, plural ver·i·ties for 2.
  1. the state or quality of being true; accordance with fact or reality: to question the verity of a statement.
  2. something that is true, as a principle, belief, idea, or statement: the eternal verities.

Origin of verity

1325–75; Middle English < Latin vēritās, equivalent to vēr(us) true + -itās -ity
Can be confusedvérité verity
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Examples from the Web for verities

Historical Examples

  • But for the exiled heart they are not such, but verities of abiding inspiration.

    Apologia Diffidentis

    W. Compton Leith

  • Her girlhood was behind her; she was facing the verities of existence.

  • I think it would do much to keep us close to the verities and the essentials.

    The Holy Earth

    L. H. Bailey

  • And if the verities are good for eternity they ought to be good for a day.

    The Human Machine

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • In which case—and here he came to verities—his work would suffer.


British Dictionary definitions for verities

verity

noun plural -ties
  1. the quality or state of being true, real, or correct
  2. a true principle, statement, idea, etc; a truth or fact

Word Origin

C14: from Old French vérité, from Latin vēritās, from vērus true
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Word Origin and History for verities

verity

n.

late 14c., from Anglo-French and Old French verite "truth," from Latin veritatem (nominative veritas) "truth, truthfulness," from verus "true" (see very). Modern French vérité, literally "truth," borrowed 1966 as a term for naturalism or realism in film, etc.

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