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plural truths ˈtrüt͟hz How to pronounce truth (audio)
: the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality
: the state of being the case : fact
often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality
: a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true
truths of thermodynamics
: the body of true statements and propositions
: the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality
chiefly British : true sense 2
: fidelity to an original or to a standard
: sincerity in action, character, and utterance
archaic : fidelity, constancy
capitalized Christian Science : god


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biographical name

Sojourner circa 1797–1883 American evangelist and reformer
in truth
: in accordance with fact : actually

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
For the killing to stop, more organizations like ACN need to proclaim the truth of what is happening to Christians all over the world. Jon Brown, Fox News, 21 Nov. 2022 However, things take an unexpected turn as the night unfolds and the truth about what is really happening inside this secluded location is revealed. Amanda Kondolojy, Orlando Sentinel, 20 Nov. 2022 The lie detector test technician then confirmed that the actress was telling the truth. Abby Dupes, Seventeen, 11 Nov. 2022 Killer Sally is also an indictment of a legal system that couldn’t even concede the possibility that McNeil might be telling the truth, and thus convicted her of second-degree murder and sent her away for 19 years. Andy Meek, BGR, 2 Nov. 2022 When the numbers were reported to the board, the chair, who has since resigned, questioned whether the students were telling the truth. Ginny Monk, Hartford Courant, 1 Nov. 2022 All of this has been amped up, hyped up, 24/7 on social media, on platforms that oftentimes find controversy and conflict more profitable than telling the truth. NBC News, 30 Oct. 2022 Telling the truth will liberate you, even if doing so creates some confusion or brings up tough conversations. Amy Dickinson, cleveland, 18 Oct. 2022 Telling the truth will liberate you, even if doing so creates some confusion or brings up tough conversations. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 18 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English trewthe, from Old English trēowth fidelity; akin to Old English trēowe faithful — more at true entry 1

First Known Use


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

Time Traveler
The first known use of truth was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Truth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

plural truths ˈtrüt͟hz How to pronounce truth (audio) ˈtrüths How to pronounce truth (audio)
: the quality or state of being true
: a true or accepted statement
: the body of real events or facts
: agreement with fact or reality
in truth
: in fact : actually, really

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