noun, plural ver·i·ties for 2.

the state or quality of being true; accordance with fact or reality: to question the verity of a statement.
something that is true, as a principle, belief, idea, or statement: the eternal verities.

Origin of verity

1325–75; Middle English < Latin vēritās, equivalent to vēr(us) true + -itās -ity
Can be confusedvérité verity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for verity

verisimilitude, veracity, accuracy

Examples from the Web for verity

Contemporary Examples of verity

Historical Examples of verity

  • In verity he knew it as glibly as the alphabet, for he was infinitely painstaking.

  • Of a verity this American autumn, or fall, as they call it, is a most delicate season.

  • When he looked at it directly and simply like that, there was nothing that could blur the verity of it.


    E. F. Benson

  • For not for four years thereafter did he in verity begin to reign.

    In Convent Walls

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • Yet where can lie the verity of the faith, if not in Holy Writ?

    In Convent Walls

    Emily Sarah Holt

British Dictionary definitions for verity


noun plural -ties

the quality or state of being true, real, or correct
a true principle, statement, idea, etc; a truth or fact

Word Origin for verity

C14: from Old French vérité, from Latin vēritās, from vērus true
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Word Origin and History for verity

late 14c., from Anglo-French and Old French verite "truth," from Latin veritatem (nominative veritas) "truth, truthfulness," from verus "true" (see very). Modern French vérité, literally "truth," borrowed 1966 as a term for naturalism or realism in film, etc.

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