\ 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
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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

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 According to the story, the truth of which is unconfirmed, employees there devised ways to punish Trump’s enemies, including the journalists who wrote critically of him. Anne Diebel, The New York Review of Books, "Trumps on the Couch," 8 Sep. 2020 The truth is essential work has always been essential work. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, "Portraits from the pandemic’s front lines," 7 Sep. 2020 The truth is, Laika’s life was collateral damage, and the decades-long Russian project to memorialize her as a symbol of national pride is little more than a guilt-assuagement exercise. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "RIP, Laika: Space Dogs Will Break Your Heart," 7 Sep. 2020 The truth is nobody is forcing football players to play this fall. Mike Bianchi,, "We’re ready for some football | Commentary," 6 Sep. 2020 The truth is the Heat took their pedal off the gas for the first time these playoffs. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Giannis still has what the Heat need — and vice versa moving forward | Commentary," 6 Sep. 2020 The truth is, if people wanted to buy lime green cars, the carmakers would be happy to paint them that color. Ray Magliozzi, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Black, white, gray: What’s with all the boring car colors?," 6 Sep. 2020 But the truth is, in the world of online gaming, which has boomed as people have sought out new entertainment options amid the rolling lockdowns, the stock is stuck in the middle of the pack, at best. Bailey Lipschultz,, "Churchill Downs Has Chance to Shine With Online Derby Bets," 4 Sep. 2020 While the Wagoneer might seem like a big leap for the rough-and-tumble automaker with humble roots in military vehicles, the truth is that Jeep has been pushing toward premium status for years now. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Analysis: It's Time to Accept That Jeep Is a Luxury Brand," 4 Sep. 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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11 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Truth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 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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