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

The truth, though, is that the issues outlined in this story came from the top. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Who does Facebook fire after a bombshell New York Times investigation?," 15 Nov. 2018 In truth, Tahiti has never been easier or more affordable to reach—and people are paying attention. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Is Suddenly Traveling to Tahiti," 9 Nov. 2018 Here’s a reason to be optimistic that deepfakes will not completely dissolve the boundaries between truth and fiction, from Karen Hao: There are two main ways to deal with the challenge of verifying images, explains Farid. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Four ways the internet changed the midterm elections," 7 Nov. 2018 The truth about battery claims often lie in the fine print. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The Pixel 3’s Greatness Is Measured in Millimeters," 15 Oct. 2018 Las Vegas is no stranger to European influence, but its replicas of the Trevi Fountain, Eiffel Tower, and Rialto Bridge are more caricature than truth, more kitsch than Old World splendor. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "There's a Newcomer to The Strip: the NoMad Las Vegas," 12 Oct. 2018 This mild-mannered vlogger endeavors to uncover corruption and speak truth to power regarding income inequality in the Bay Area. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Venom film review: Stupid, but still good enough to bite your head off," 5 Oct. 2018 Full moons always reveal the truth, and this month, the revelation will be coming from afar. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Leo Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 The media remain strong and determined to tell the truth, and the courts remain rigorously independent. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 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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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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