\ ˈtrüth How to pronounce truth (audio) \
plural truths\ ˈtrüt͟hz How to pronounce truth (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
\ 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

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 The Biden Fabrication demands, at least for now, a steady drumbeat of negative Covid news from the administration—itself another cruel deception on a nation desperate for the good news that is actually the truth. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Joe Biden’s Trump-Like Fabrication on Covid," 1 Mar. 2021 Rumors that Kim and Kanye were headed for divorce have been circulating for a while now, of course, and apparently, there was at least some truth to those rumors. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Is "Sad, But Ready to Move On" After Filing for Divorce from Kanye West," 20 Feb. 2021 Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misinterpret the past, that is the truth. Nick Romano,, "Marilyn Manson under investigation in Los Angeles over abuse claims," 19 Feb. 2021 There is some truth to the idea that if Texas had a [smooth] connection to the wholesale electricity market, and thus could buy and sell power to utilities outside of Texas, that the impact of extreme weather events would not be as significant. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, "Massive Power Failure Could Finally Cause Texas to Connect with the Nation’s Power Grids," 19 Feb. 2021 While the fabric shouldn’t replace wearing daily SPF or retinol cream, there is truth behind its skin-protecting powers. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, "Silk Is Here to Help Your Skin (and Hair, and Sleep...)," 17 Feb. 2021 There is a truth to it that is essential rather than literal. The Economist, "From the closet to the limelight Why pop history is nothing without queer history," 17 Feb. 2021 The latter is a truth that right-wingers have denied and fought against for decades. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | HELAINE OLEN: No shame in needing assist," 15 Feb. 2021 There is no truth to the easy internet assertion that the NFL wanted Brady to win. Star Tribune, "Patrick Mahomes might be the brightest star in the NFL today, but greatness only comes with time," 7 Feb. 2021

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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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4 Mar 2021

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“Truth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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