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[ver-i-tee] /ˈvɛr ɪ ti/
noun, plural verities for 2.
the state or quality of being true; accordance with fact or reality:
to question the verity of a statement.
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 confused
vérité, verity. Unabridged
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  • 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
  • In which case—and here he came to verities—his work would suffer.

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

    The Human Machine E. Arnold Bennett
  • Now the acts of his will are free, therefore God is the free cause of the verities.

    Theodicy G. W. Leibniz
  • Systems of morality and philosophy are not transient, because they rest on verities.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
  • She has her own way, too, of getting this nourishment of the verities into your character.

    The Young Man and the World Albert J. Beveridge
  • Fate and Destiny are verities that have to be faced, but they do not have all their own way with us.


    George Alexander Fischer
  • The quotations are proof, however, that germinal somewhere was an aspiration for the verities of things.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man

    Marie Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for verities


noun (pl) -ties
the quality or state of being true, real, or correct
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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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