An example of truth is someone giving their real age.
- the quality or state of being true; specif.,
- Obs. loyalty; trustworthiness
- sincerity; genuineness; honesty
- the quality of being in accordance with experience, facts, or reality; conformity with fact
- reality; actual existence
- agreement with a standard, rule, etc.; correctness; accuracy
- that which is true; statement, etc. that accords with fact or reality
- an established or verified fact, principle, etc.
- a particular belief or teaching regarded by the speaker as the true one: often with the
Origin of truthMiddle English treuthe ; from Old English treowth: see true and amp; -th
of a truth
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nounpl. truths truths
- a. Conformity to fact or actuality: Does this story have any truth?b. Reality; actuality: In truth, he was not qualified for the job.c. The reality of a situation: The truth is, she respects your work.
- a. A statement proven to be or accepted as true: truths about nature.b. Such statements considered as a group: researchers in pursuit of truth.
- Sincerity; integrity: the truth of his intentions.
- Fidelity to an original or standard: the truth of the copy.
- Theology & Philosophy That which is considered to be the ultimate ground of reality.
Origin of truthMiddle English trewthe, loyalty, from Old English trēowth; see deru- in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural truths)
- The state or quality of being true to someone or something
- Truth to one's own feelings is all-important in life.
- (archaic) Faithfulness, fidelity.
- True facts, genuine depiction or statements of reality.
- The truth is that our leaders knew a lot more than they were letting on.
- Conformity to fact or reality; correctness, accuracy.
- There was some truth in his statement that he had no other choice.
- Conformity to rule; exactness; close correspondence with an example, mood, model, etc.
- That which is real, in a deeper sense; spiritual or "˜genuine' reality.
- The truth is what is.
- Alcoholism and redemption led me finally to truth.
- (countable) Something acknowledged to be true; a true statement or axiom.
- Hunger and jealousy are just eternal truths of human existence.
- (physics, dated) Topness. (See also truth quark.)
terms etymologically related to truth
(third-person singular simple present truths, present participle truthing, simple past and past participle truthed)
From Middle English, from Old English trÄ“owÃ¾, trÄ«ewÃ¾ (“truth, veracity, faith, fidelity, loyalty, honour, pledge, covenant"), from Proto-Germanic *triwwiÃ¾Å (“promise, covenant, contract"), from Proto-Indo-European *drÅ«- (“tree"), from Proto-Indo-European *deru- (“firm, solid"), equivalent to true +"Ž -th. Cognate with Icelandic tryggÃ° (“loyalty, fidelity").
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