Origin of fact
Examples from the Web for facts
Of course, to call out pinkwashing is not to deny the facts.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline|Jay Michaelson|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a country where talk is “cheap” and opinions are “a dime a dozen,” we give the facts special privileges and special status.
But sometimes, the quest for facts lets us down, or leads us astray, and leaves us worse off than before, not better.
Hitchcock always insisted the scene was important, that “the public has to have the facts.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the safety of the light of day, we positively revel in our facts.
Ayrton was then made acquainted with the facts which had occurred during his seclusion.The Secret of the Island|W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
These facts may also be well brought out by another mode of section, viz.
She put the facts, so evident to herself, before her visitor and asked her to look at them.Tante|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
How absurd would it be then to argue against the existence of customs or facts, from the silence of such scanty records as these!Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, Volume I (of 3)|Thomas Percy
But all the other facts put it beyond question that the picture could not have been done before 1529.Holbein|Beatrice Fortescue
Word Origin for fact
1530s, "action," especially "evil deed," from Latin factum "event, occurrence," literally "thing done," neuter past participle of facere "to do" (see factitious). Usual modern sense of "thing known to be true" appeared 1630s, from notion of "something that has actually occurred." Facts of life "harsh realities" is from 1854; specific sense of "human sexual functions" first recorded 1913.
In addition to the idiom beginning with fact
- facts of life
- after the fact
- in fact
- is that a fact
- matter of fact