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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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  • Many a page of the pocket Bible was turned over, and the verities of the Word were made manifest.

    The Man with the Book John Matthias Weylland
  • But for the exiled heart they are not such, but verities of abiding inspiration.

    Apologia Diffidentis W. Compton Leith
  • He is careful, however, to make sure of two things,—that the alleged facts are verities and that they are inexorable.

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

    The Human Machine E. Arnold Bennett
  • We admit no doubt of these verities, delivered down to us from the ages when Theseus and Hercules had descended into Hades itself.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • Now the acts of his will are free, therefore God is the free cause of the verities.

    Theodicy G. W. Leibniz
  • With the verities of life and death so near to them, these young people were very serious, indeed.

  • Fate and Destiny are verities that have to be faced, but they do not have all their own way with us.

    Beethoven George Alexander Fischer
  • That leave-taking brought him to a realization of the verities and the non-essentials, as nothing else could have done.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus
  • It would be faithlessness and cruelty to hide the fact that by all the verities of God you are in peril—in fearful peril.

    The Lost Faith T. S. Childs
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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