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

But the truth is that B.J. is so much more like family now than a platonic friend. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "A Complete Timeline of Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak's Relationship History," 8 May 2019 Something, anything, to keep your reader from the truth: that your subject is an abstraction-spouting workaholic with a huge team of people who have drawn, rendered, detailed, supervised, constructed the work in question. Curbed, "Critical Eye: A year in review," 20 Dec. 2018 Meet Jerome Jackson, New Orlean's native and Site Sustainability Leader at Folgers® Coffee, who knows that couldn't be further from the truth. Stacia Affelt, Country Living, "How Anyone Can Make a Difference in Their Local Community," 6 Nov. 2018 My story is a circle—a peeling back of layers of doubt, fear, worry, and other things that kept me from truth . . Emily Farra, Vogue, "Foundrae’s New Bespoke Jewelry Allows You to Create Your Own Story With Enamel, Symbols, and Gemstones," 6 Nov. 2018 These layers of privilege prevent people from the truth: Patrick Bateman is a serial killer, who lures, terrorizes, and butchers his victims. Ashley Nkadi, Teen Vogue, "15 Scary Movies Directed by Women Perfect for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2018 Unfortunately, for them those characterizations couldn't be further from the truth. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani reacts to Paul Manafort's plea deal," 14 Sep. 2018 But at its heart is a kernel of historic truth that gives the film a powerful connection to modern audiences: Queen Anne was, in all likelihood, interested in women. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beyond The Favourite: The Royal Family's Very Queer History," 22 Feb. 2019 And at this point, VR and AR are two of the last major technologies that haven’t faced a huge scandal involving genocide, mass surveillance, election tampering, or the wholesale dissolution of truth. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AR and VR," 30 Dec. 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 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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