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noun, plural truths [troothz, trooths]. /truðz, truθs/.



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Idioms for truth

    in truth, in reality; in fact; actually: In truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire.

Origin of truth

First recorded before 900; Middle English treuthe, Old English trēowth (cognate with Old Norse tryggth “faith”); see true, -th1

words often confused with truth

See truism.


truthless, adjectivetruth·less·ness, nounmis·truth, nounnon·truth, noun


truism, truth (see confusables note at truism)

Definition for truth (2 of 2)

[ trooth ]
/ truθ /


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 into slavery.
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What is a basic definition of truth?

Truth means the actual state of a matter, an adherence to reality, or an indisputable fact. Truth has several other senses as a noun.

The truth refers to the version of reality that we exist in. Putting it more simply, if you are “telling the truth,” you are describing the world as it actually is and not making things up or telling lies.

  • Real-life examples: Police detectives try to discover the truth when investigating crimes so that they don’t arrest the wrong person. Criminals often hide or distort the truth so that they won’t get caught.
  • Used in a sentence: I told my mom I passed the test, but the truth was that I failed it badly. 

In a related sense, truth can also mean an agreement with reality or facts.

  • Used in a sentence: We doubted that there was any truth to his claims of seeing Bigfoot.

Truth can also mean a fact or a statement that nobody disagrees with.

  • Used in a sentence: Parents often have to tell their kids sad truths when a pet dies.

Where does truth come from?

The first records of truth come from before the 900s. It comes from the Old English noun trēowth and is related to the Old Norse tryggth, meaning “faith.”

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How is truth used in real life?

Truth is a very common word that means reality as it actually is or statements that describe reality correctly.

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Is truth used correctly in the following sentence?

It was hard for him to face the truth that his cooking was bad because he had fooled himself into thinking he was a master chef.

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British Dictionary definitions for truth

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Other words from truth

Related adjectives: veritable, veracious

Derived forms of truth

truthless, adjective

Word Origin for truth

Old English triewth; related to Old High German gitriuwida fidelity, Old Norse tryggr true
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