[ trooth ]
/ truθ /

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


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

Origin of truth

before 900; Middle English treuthe, Old English trēowth (cognate with Old Norse tryggth faith). See true, -th1

Related forms

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

Can be confused

truism truth (see confusables note at truism)

Confusables note

See 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 a slave. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for truth


/ (truːθ) /


Related forms

Related adjectives: veritable, veracious

Derived Forms

truthless, adjective

Word Origin for truth

Old English triewth; related to Old High German gitriuwida fidelity, Old Norse tryggr true
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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