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

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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And despite this very obvious truth and the fact that excessive screen time has been linked to exacerbating just about every mental and physical health condition that besets us, smartphone addiction is a stark reality for many—if not most. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why an Old-School Alarm Clock—Not a Smartphone—Is the Secret to a Better Night’s Sleep," 10 Nov. 2018 All of which puts an additional onus on Mr. Trump to declassify key FBI and Justice documents sought by Mr. Nunes and other House investigators before Mr. Schiff buries the truth. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Burying the Other Russia Story," 9 Nov. 2018 The mere existence of these perfect deepfakes, of course, will cast doubt on the truth of all legitimate video clips. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The fake video era of US politics has arrived on Twitter," 9 Nov. 2018 Political truth-telling depends on local-news gatherers, and that depends on them being paid. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "6 Things to Do to Stay Political Now That Midterms Are Over," 8 Nov. 2018 The uncomfortable truth is that Australia could prevent all pollution and fishing activities that impact the reef and the corals could still die nonetheless. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Things Got So Bad for the Great Barrier Reef," 25 Oct. 2018 The vision of San Antonio being peddled by developers—that of an emerging tech center anchoring a blossoming downtown—runs into hard truths when considered with the the entire city in mind. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "San Antonio, the nation’s fastest-growing city, sees downtown rebound," 23 Oct. 2018 Her porcelain face, its features so strikingly similar to those of the Dutch Golden Age, reflects the radiance of her headdresses like Vermeer’s Girl’s mirrored her earring, but the overall effect is less of warmth than of hard truth. Gabriella Fuller, ELLE Decor, "Photographer Hendrik Kerstens Is a Modern Day Dutch Master," 16 Oct. 2018 What the team represents—and what at times has continued to earn it virulent racist attacks—is a forcible truth about what France actually is. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 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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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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