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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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  • In verity he knew it as glibly as the alphabet, for he was infinitely painstaking.

  • Of a verity this American autumn, or fall, as they call it, is a most delicate season.

    Impressions of America Tyrone Power
  • When he looked at it directly and simply like that, there was nothing that could blur the verity of it.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • For not for four years thereafter did he in verity begin to reign.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • Yet where can lie the verity of the faith, if not in Holy Writ?

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • I to the lawyer went, and found that it was so—of a verity—so!

    The Story of a Mine Bret Harte
  • To see our own home in flames is not to see fire in its verity.

    Creative Unity Rabindranath Tagore
  • Do truth and verity apply to thought and speech or to persons?

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • That you are my prisoner in verity is enough for me, but not for others.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for verity


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 verity

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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