So·journ·er [soh-jur-ner, soh-jur-ner] /ˈsoʊ dʒɜr nər, soʊˈdʒɜr nər/, Isabella Van Wagener, 1797?–1883, U.S. abolitionist, orator, and women's-rights advocate, born a slave. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sojourner truth



the quality of being true, genuine, actual, or factualthe truth of his statement was attested
something that is true as opposed to falseyou did not tell me the truth
a proven or verified principle or statement; factthe truths of astronomy
(usually plural) a system of concepts purporting to represent some aspect of the worldthe truths of ancient religions
fidelity to a required standard or law
faithful reproduction or portrayalthe truth of a portrait
an obvious fact; truism; platitude
honesty, reliability, or veracitythe truth of her nature
accuracy, as in the setting, adjustment, or position of something, such as a mechanical instrument
the state or quality of being faithful; allegiance
Related formsRelated adjectives: veritable, veracious
Derived Formstruthless, adjective

Word Origin for truth

Old English triewth; related to Old High German gitriuwida fidelity, Old Norse tryggr true
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Word Origin and History for sojourner truth



Old English triewð (West Saxon), treowð (Mercian) "faithfulness, quality of being true," from triewe, treowe "faithful" (see true), with Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)).

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with sojourner truth


In addition to the idioms beginning with truth

  • truth is stranger than fiction
  • truth will out

also see:

  • gospel truth
  • home truth
  • moment of truth
  • naked truth
  • unvarnished truth
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