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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Definitions for truthiness

  1. the quality of seeming to be true according to one's intuition, opinion, or perception without regard to logic, factual evidence, or the like: the growing trend of truthiness as opposed to truth.
  2. Rare. truthfulness or faithfulness.

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Citations for truthiness
Truthiness is "truth that comes from the gut, not books," Colbert said in 2005. Katy Waldman, "The Science of Truthiness," Slate, September 3, 2014
A Rovian political strategy by definition means all slime, all the time. But the more crucial Rove game plan is to envelop the entire presidential race in a thick fog of truthiness. Frank Rich, "Truthiness Stages a Comeback," New York Times, September 20, 2008
Origin of truthiness
1824
Truthiness in the 19th century meant “truthfulness, veracity”; this sense is rare nowadays. Its current sense, “the quality of seeming to be true according to one's opinion without regard to fact,” was invented by the comedian Stephen Colbert in 2005.