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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In truth, the United States has long used its diplomatic might to subordinate global public health to entrenched corporate interests. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "It’s Normal for the U.S. to Put Corporate Profits Above Babies’ Health," 10 July 2018 But truth be told, the Jetsons-esque structure has failed to retain the popularity of its Parisian counterpart. Jessica Voelker, Condé Nast Traveler, "Seattle’s Space Needle Unveils Its $100M Renovation," 2 Aug. 2018 The defendant himself refuses to testify, forcing his accusers to reveal their own incriminating truths. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Best of 2018," 7 Dec. 2018 But like basically everything concerning MH370, the truth is surely harder to come by. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "New Research Might Locate Flight MH370—And Solve One of the Greatest Aviation Mysteries of All Time," 7 Dec. 2018 The truth is that spiders rarely bite us, and nearly all of the reports are actually infections due to resistant Staphylococcus bacteria (MRSA), misdiagnosed by patients and doctors alike. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 Kelly Clarkson—a woman eternally after our own hearts—is back at it again, speaking her truth. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Reveals How She Really Feels About Working Out," 4 Nov. 2018 The new explanation, whatever its truth, seemed intended to ease the political crisis that Khashoggi’s disappearance has created for Saudi Arabia. David D. Kirkpatrick, The Seattle Times, "Interrogation gone wrong, rogue killers: What happened to Saudi journalist?," 16 Oct. 2018 But the truth is that Kelly changed the landscape for many forward-thinking teams and people will be watching. Conor Orr, SI.com, "An NFL Fan’s Viewing Guide to the 2019 College Football Season," 13 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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The first known use of truth was before the 12th century

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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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