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[ver-i-tuh-buh l]
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  1. being truly or very much so: a veritable triumph.
  2. Obsolete. true, as a statement or tale.
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Origin of veritable

1425–75; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French. See verity, -able
Related formsver·i·ta·ble·ness, nounver·i·ta·bly, adverbnon·ver·i·ta·ble, adjectivenon·ver·i·ta·ble·ness, nounnon·ver·i·ta·bly, adverbun·ver·i·ta·ble, adjectiveun·ver·i·ta·ble·ness, nounun·ver·i·ta·bly, adverb


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1. real, genuine; utter.

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1. See authentic.
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Examples from the Web for veritably

Historical Examples

  • He had veritably saved her father from disaster; had saved her from—from many things.


    W. A. Fraser

  • The things were not only close: they were veritably upon us!

    Vampires of Space

    Sewell Peaslee Wright

  • He was breathing heavily; he looked, veritably, a wounded man.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • The grandson, then and there, was veritably drunk with the frenzy of despair!

  • Yes, it is even so: this is no vain phrase; it is veritably so.

British Dictionary definitions for veritably


adjective (prenominal)
  1. (intensifier; usually qualifying a word used metaphorically)he's a veritable swine!
  2. rare genuine or true; properI require veritable proof
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Derived Formsveritableness, nounveritably, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from vérité truth; see verity
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Word Origin and History for veritably



late 15c., from Anglo-French and Old French veritable "true," from verité (see verity) + -able. Probably lost mid-17c. and reborrowed or revived after 1830. Related: Veritably.

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