\ 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


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 Sometimes the winner’s version of history twists the truth. Mike Finger,, "Finger: Jordan’s version of history comes with a catch," 12 May 2020 In controlled experiments, professional investigators did no better than a coin toss at picking out truth and lies. Barton Gellman, Washington Post, "After receiving top-secret documents from the NSA whistleblower, reporter Barton Gellman broke the news that the National Security Agency was spying on Americans. Here’s how it happened.," 11 May 2020 Degas pulls aside the curtain on a sordid truth of that dazzling world. Carol Strickland, The Christian Science Monitor, "Degas painted dancers and musicians with deftness and authority," 4 May 2020 Time has been on our side, but the movement for truth and justice has been powerful and protracted. Vince Guerrieri, Smithsonian Magazine, "How 13 Seconds Changed Kent State University Forever," 1 May 2020 In truth, spiritual warfare idioms have been diversely invoked – and unevenly received – across the continent. Benjamin Kirby, Quartz Africa, "Pentecostals are in a “spiritual war” against coronavirus in Africa—as are some political leaders," 1 May 2020 In moments like this, being thoughtful about company culture usually takes a backseat, but the truth is it’s more important than ever. Kit Krugman, Quartz at Work, "Covid-19 and the welcome collapse of “professionalism”," 21 Apr. 2020 That night, the truth seeped out to her college friends. Tiffany Stanley, Woman's Day, "I Was Sexually Assaulted At Church: How the #ChurchToo Movement Saved Me," 14 Apr. 2020 But admitting this truth requires willingness to listen to and consider ideas, even many that most initially consider totally wrong. Vinay Prasad, STAT, "Scientists who express different views on Covid-19 should be heard, not demonized," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of truth


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

History and Etymology for truth


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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


\ 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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