home truth


noun

an indisputable fact or basic truth, especially one whose accuracy may cause discomfort or embarrassment.

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Origin of home truth

First recorded in 1705–15
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Example sentences from the Web for home truth

  • She took my hand in hers as if she wanted to compensate for this home-truth by her light touch upon it.

    The Magic Skin|Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for home truth

home truth

noun

(often plural) an unpleasant fact told to a person about himself
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Idioms and Phrases with home truth

home truth

A key or basic truth, especially one that is discomforting to acknowledge. For example, It's time you told a few home truths here, such as where your campaign finances actually came from. This expression uses home in the sense of “the very heart of a matter.” [c. 1700]

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