truth

noun \ ˈtrüth \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of truth

plural truths play \ˈtrüt͟hz, ˈtrüths\
1 a (1) :the body of real things, events, and facts :actuality
(2) :the state of being the case :fact
(3) often capitalized :a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality
b :a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true
  • truths of thermodynamics
c :the body of true statements and propositions
2 a :the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality
b chiefly British :true 2
c :fidelity to an original or to a standard
3 a :sincerity in action, character, and utterance
b archaic :fidelity, constancy
4 capitalized, Christian Science :god
in truth
:in accordance with fact :actually

Examples of truth in a Sentence

  1. At some point you have to face the simple truth that we failed.

  2. Their explanation was simpler but came closer to the truth.

  3. The article explains the truth about global warming.

  4. A reporter soon discovered the truth.

  5. Do you swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

  6. Her story contains a grain of truth but also lots of exaggeration.

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Origin and Etymology of truth

Middle English trewthe, from Old English trēowth fidelity; akin to Old English trēowe faithful — more at 1true


Truth

biographical name \ ˈtrüth \

Definition of Truth

Sojourner circa 1797–1883 American evangelist and reformer

TRUTH Defined for English Language Learners

truth

noun

Definition of truth for English Language Learners

  • the truth : the real facts about something : the things that are true

  • : the quality or state of being true

  • : a statement or idea that is true or accepted as true


TRUTH Defined for Kids

truth

noun \ ˈtrüth \

Definition of truth for Students

plural truths \ˈtrüt͟hz\
1 :the body of real events or facts
  • He'll keep investigating until he finds the truth.
2 :the quality or state of being true
  • There is no truth in what she told you.
3 :a true or accepted statement or idea
  • I learned some hard truths about life.
in truth
:in actual fact :really


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