truth

noun
\ˈtrüth \
plural truths\ˈtrüt͟hz, ˈtrüths \

Definition of truth 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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

2a : the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality

b chiefly British : true sense 2

c : fidelity to an original or to a standard

3a : sincerity in action, character, and utterance

b archaic : fidelity, constancy

4 capitalized, Christian Science : god

in truth

: in accordance with fact : actually

Truth

biographical name
\ˈtrüth \

Definition of Truth (Entry 2 of 2)

Sojourner circa 1797–1883 American evangelist and reformer

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Synonyms & Antonyms for truth

Synonyms: Noun

factuality, trueness, verity

Antonyms: Noun

falseness, falsity, untruth

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Examples of truth in a Sentence

Noun

At some point you have to face the simple truth that we failed. Their explanation was simpler but came closer to the truth. The article explains the truth about global warming. A reporter soon discovered the truth. Do you swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Her story contains a grain of truth but also lots of exaggeration.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yet if this is the most Congress could pry out of the FBI’s lead Russia investigator over 10 hours, legislative oversight won’t discover the truth. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "After the Strzok Stonewall," 13 July 2018 In 2018, even as current events and U.S. politics remain fraught, audiences are flocking to a more benign form of truth-telling. David Sims, The Atlantic, "What’s Driving Documentaries to Box-Office Success?," 11 July 2018 The ironic inefficiency of hyper-exaggerated high-end entertaining spaces belies a truth: These spaces aren’t really designed for entertaining. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "Our homes don’t need formal spaces," 11 July 2018 This bifurcation of the media poses a challenge for all tech platforms, not just YouTube, that resist taking a stand on what constitutes truth. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "YouTube Debuts Plan to Promote and Fund 'Authoritative' News," 9 July 2018 The truth slowly leaked out, starting in the 1970s, thanks to researchers who discovered Benson had been Carolyn Keene. Jennifer Fisher, Smithsonian, "The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Life," 2 July 2018 Rather than running from the truth, Rutherford revels in the fact that the origins and interlocking realities of human society are messy. Sarah Mupo, STAT, "The 39 best health and science books to read this summer," 25 June 2018 When the ministers were told the truth, some burst out laughing. The Economist, "Thanks to Boris Johnson, a farcical west-Balkan summit in London," 11 July 2018 During the Jones case, the President obstructed justice and had an understanding with Ms. Lewinsky to jointly conceal the truth about their relationship by concealing gifts subpoenaed by Ms. Jones's attorneys. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump and what the Starr Report says about impeachment, annotated," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of truth

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for truth

Noun

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

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The first known use of truth was before the 12th century

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truth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of truth

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

noun
\ˈtrüth \
plural truths\ˈtrüt͟hz \

Kids Definition of truth

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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