truth

noun
\ 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

Truth

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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Even if that were not the case, the truth is that the money doesn’t matter. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "MLB trade rumors: Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, David Peralta drawing interest," 8 July 2019 The truth of the love triangle was both more banal and more strange. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019 The truth is, most of the crust from Earth’s early days has been subducted, eroded or deformed beyond recognition. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Plate Tectonics: The Slow Dance of Our Planet's Crust," 12 June 2019 But the truth is that being financially successful is almost impossible without making a budget. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "How to Make a Budget That's Easy to Understand and Easier to Follow," 10 June 2019 In truth, the United States and Great Britain were engaged in war with Germany. Chicago Tribune, Lake County News-Sun, "Talk of the County: Tom Brady not the real 'Tom Terrific'," 10 June 2019 But the truth is that the MCU has always had hangnails, and its world-building has never made much sense. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Far From Home is saving the MCU by ignoring its continuity," 8 July 2019 Others recall the Biblical prophets whose mission was to speak truth to power. The Economist, "When American evangelicals fall out," 5 July 2019 Will lead with honesty and speak the truth, help Americans prosper. Allan Smith, NBC News, "The candidates' closing statements," 28 June 2019

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

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truth

noun

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

truth

noun
\ 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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