telling the truth, especially habitually: a truthful person.
conforming to truth: a truthful statement.
corresponding with reality: a truthful portrait.

Origin of truthful

First recorded in 1590–1600; truth + -ful
Related formstruth·ful·ly, adverbtruth·ful·ness, nouno·ver·truth·ful, adjectiveo·ver·truth·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·truth·ful·ness, nounqua·si-truth·ful, adjectivequa·si-truth·ful·ly, adverbsem·i·truth·ful, adjectivesem·i·truth·ful·ly, adverbsem·i·truth·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms for truthful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for truthfulness

Contemporary Examples of truthfulness

Historical Examples of truthfulness

  • There is a truthfulness in action as well as in words, which is essential to uprightness of character.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Only in the hot sunshine did there glow the truthfulness and the fulness of life.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Nothing can be more admirable than the truthfulness and ease of the figures.

  • His truthfulness, patience, and calmness of judgment have never been exceeded by mortal.

  • Ptah typified at once the working power and the truthfulness of God.

British Dictionary definitions for truthfulness



telling or expressing the truth; honest or candid
realistica truthful portrayal of the king
Derived Formstruthfully, adverbtruthfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for truthfulness



1590s, from truth + -ful. Related: Truthfully; truthfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper