home truth


Definition of home truth

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

Examples of home truth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anyway, Wheeler — a word snob who has a gift for stating home truths that nobody else dares utter — soon has the audience in the palm of his 11 ½-sized hand. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘Linda Vista’ Review: A Womanizer Who Devastates as He Charms," 10 Oct. 2019 And David, despite his optimism, is not short of home truths. Cnn Staff, CNN, "David de Rothschild: Has 'Spaceship Earth' found its navigator?," 8 Oct. 2019 Brexit has exposed a lot of home truths about financial services in London and the euro zone. Washington Post, "Let Singapore-on-Thames Fight It Out With Europe," 26 May 2019 Our new truth and conviction involves championing old home truths. Steven Petrow, Washington Post, "After the KKK makes a late night visit, a tiny North Carolina town takes a stand," 6 Sep. 2019 As to be expected, the high command did not react favorably to these home truths. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 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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“Home truth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20truth. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of home truth

: an unpleasant fact about someone or something

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