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[vuh-rid-i-kuh l]
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  1. truthful; veracious.
  2. corresponding to facts; not illusory; real; actual; genuine.
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Sometimes ve·rid·ic.

Origin of veridical

1645–55; < Latin vēridicus (vēr(us) true + -i- -i- + -dicus speaking) + -al1
Related formsve·rid·i·cal·i·ty, nounve·rid·i·cal·ly, adverbun·ve·rid·ic, adjectiveun·ve·rid·i·cal, adjectiveun·ve·rid·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Yet the source of the message may have been perfectly "veridical."

    The Problems of Psychical Research

    Hereward Carrington

  • Veridical warnings are a commonplace in the literature of all countries.


    James J. Walsh

  • Since casual hallucinations of the sane, then, are thus frequent, we can hardly venture to assume that they are all veridical.

  • Perhaps the author went on to discuss “veridical hallucinations,” but his ideas about these things must be considered later.

    Alfred Tennyson

    Andrew Lang

  • In the meantime with shaking bodies and infirm gesture the Parcae began to intone their veridical chant.

British Dictionary definitions for veridical


  1. truthful
  2. psychol of or relating to revelations in dreams, hallucinations, etc, that appear to be confirmed by subsequent events
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Derived Formsveridicality (vɪˌrɪdɪˈkælɪtɪ), nounveridically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin vēridicus, from vērus true + dīcere to say
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Word Origin and History for veridical


1650s, from Latin veridicus, from verum "truth," neuter of verus "true" (see very) + dic-, stem of dicere "to speak" (see diction).

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