home truth


Definition of home truth

1 : an unpleasant fact that jars the sensibilities
2 : a statement of undisputed fact

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Left out, especially, is the home truth that the Catholic Church has changed already. Paul Elie, New York Times, "A Conservative Catholic Begs the Pope: Lead Us Not Into Temptation," 9 Apr. 2018 And, many know how to deliver home truths in a way that will elicit abashed agreement rather than anger. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "How a new type of broker aims to save black families | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of home truth

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of home truth

: an unpleasant fact about someone or something

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