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veracity

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noun ve·rac·i·ty \və-ˈra-sə-tē\

Simple Definition of veracity

  • : truth or accuracy

  • : the quality of being truthful or honest

Full Definition of veracity

plural ve·rac·i·ties

  1. 1 :  devotion to the truth :  truthfulness

  2. 2 :  power of conveying or perceiving truth

  3. 3 :  conformity with truth or fact :  accuracy

  4. 4 :  something true <makes lies sound like veracities>

Examples of veracity

  1. What gives the book its integrity are the simplicity and veracity of these recipes and the small touches—bits of history, discovery and personal reflection. —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 31 Mar. 1998

  2. The trial began with a flurry of motions and questions challenging the judge's authority and veracity. The defendants earlier had called the judge's authority into question when jurors were selected two weeks ago. —Chris Bird, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Jan. 1996

  3. … some documentary photographers supported the photographer's right to find essential rather than literal truths in any situation, while others … insisted on absolute veracity, maintaining that for images to be true to both medium and event, situations should be found, not reenacted. —Naomi Rosenblum, A World History of Photography, 1989

  4. We questioned the veracity of his statements.

  5. The jury did not doubt the veracity of the witness.



Origin of veracity

(see veracious)


First Known Use: circa 1623



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