\ 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


biographical name
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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

factuality, trueness, verity

Antonyms: Noun

falseness, falsity, untruth

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Examples of truth in a Sentence


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

During the Jones case, the President obstructed justice and had an understanding with Ms. Lewinsky to jointly conceal the truth about their relationship by concealing gifts subpoenaed by Ms. Jones's attorneys. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump and what the Starr Report says about impeachment, annotated," 11 July 2018 Yet the truth is the MLB has struggled with the All-Star Game selection process — and the relevance of the game itself — for quite some time. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Nick Castellanos is an All-Star snub. Who's to blame?," 9 July 2018 The truth is that much of the reporting of the Russia scandal over the past 18 months has followed the contours of what Steele’s sources told him. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 The book, which was dedicated to his grandmother and great aunt, was written with hopes of informing people who don't know the truth about Cuba. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "Emmy-nominated photographer draws inspiration from vintage South Florida," 26 June 2018 Living your truth that way gives you power, and his story is going to mean so much to people who are marginalized. Pamela Adlon, Time, "Tab Hunter Was a Model Of Kindness in Hollywood," 12 July 2018 Honesty that asks no sacrifice lacks truth, honesty at someone else’s expense lacks virtue. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 The numbers don’t lie, but their truth is incomplete. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Forget numbers when deciding Billy Hamilton's value to the Cincinnati Reds," 7 July 2018 In truth, the world needs to power past all fossil fuels. Richard Denniss, Fortune, "Justin Trudeau’s Pipeline Purchase Isn’t Just Hypocritical, It’s Bad Economics," 30 June 2018

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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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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


\ 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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