noun, plural truths [troothz, trooths] /truðz, truθs/.
Origin of truth
Synonyms for truth
Antonyms for truth
Examples from the Web for mistruths
Contemporary Examples of mistruths
As he has on so many other issues, Mitt Romney has executed a major flip-flop on gun rights—and told some mistruths along the way.Romney’s Flip-Flops on Gun Control Over the Years
July 25, 2012
Even among Americans who got most of their information from print, a majority fell for one of these mistruths.Stop the Press on ‘Preemptive’: Media Adopt Pro-War Rhetoric on Iran
March 19, 2012
Word Origin for truth
Meaning "accuracy, correctness" is from 1560s. Unlike lie (v.), there is no primary verb in English or most other IE languages for "speak the truth." Noun sense of "something that is true" is first recorded mid-14c.
Let [Truth] and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter. [Milton, "Areopagitica," 1644]
Truth squad in U.S. political sense first attested 1952. Truthiness "act or quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than those known to be true," catch word popularized in this sense by U.S. comedian Stephen Colbert, declared by American Dialect Society to be "2005 Word of the Year."
In addition to the idioms beginning with truth
- truth is stranger than fiction
- truth will out
- gospel truth
- home truth
- moment of truth
- naked truth
- unvarnished truth