truth

noun
\ ˈtrüth How to pronounce truth (audio) \
plural truths\ ˈtrüt͟hz How to pronounce truths (audio) , 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 How to pronounce Truth (audio) \

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

facticity, factuality, sooth, 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

The truth is, there are no supporting actors in our new place. Simon Doonan, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Give Their Greenwich Village Home a Glitz Makeover," 8 Mar. 2019 But that won’t change an underlying truth about the next-generation communications networks: Technology developed in China will be at the center. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Where China Dominates in 5G Technology," 26 Feb. 2019 Which is why disclosing the truth about how you—or who—really funded your first business, home, or even something as simple as your first car is so important. Jen Doll, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Has More Money Than You?," 12 Feb. 2019 None of this is surprising, because the FBI probe was never really intended to unearth the truth about Kavanaugh. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The FBI Report Doesn't Clear Kavanaugh. It Just Clears Republicans' Consciences.," 4 Oct. 2018 Having agreed that the box contains a mystery, Monkey and Cake at last stroll off in search of sustenance—at which point, in a humorous coda, readers discover what seems to be the impossible truth. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: The Travails and Triumphs of Derring-Do," 22 Feb. 2019 The truth is that with its delays, cost overruns, and other woes, Watts Bar 2 is a typical nuclear reactor project in the U.S., not an atypical one. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'Green New Deal' Wants to Get Rid of Nuclear Power. That's a Great Idea.," 8 Feb. 2019 There is likely truth to both the Russian and Israeli accounts of what happened—with the space in between filled in by the competence of Syria's Air Defense Force and the state of repair of Syria's S-200 missiles. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian surveillance plane got shot down by Syria—and Russia blames Israel," 18 Sep. 2018 But, in truth, exhibiting compliance with the self-images of their sources is how many journalists do their jobs. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Suddenly, Bezos Is Media’s Hero," 12 Feb. 2019

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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 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 How to pronounce truth (audio) \
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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