truth

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

Antonyms: Noun

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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 This month, two bills that embody much of Biden's philosophy face their moments of truth in Congress. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 At moments of truth, the Heat’s decisive points likely will come from Jimmy Butler or Kyle Lowry. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Sep. 2021 And, to an extent, some remain uncomfortable with being the arbiters of truth. Clare Duffy, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021 As with all myths, there is a bit of truth in them. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Speaking one’s truth to someone else requires being in touch with what’s truly in your heart. Nell Derick Debevoise, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 The idea of the university, of an institution devoted to freedom of thought in the pursuit of truth, stretches back nearly a millennium. Joseph Loconte, National Review, 29 Aug. 2021 Karen is a liar who tells fables, why trust the narrative that came from her over me, whose hot pink high tops serve as a shining beacon of truth? Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 22 Aug. 2021 In one fell swoop, open-heart surgery became my future, and the enormity of that truth didn’t register. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truth. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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