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

The truth is, given the right circumstances, the right motivation, anyone could have done this. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "13 Reasons Why"'s Newest Character Ani Achola," 27 Aug. 2019 The truth is that the team most likely to stop Juventus is Juventus itself. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "As Serie A Challengers Strengthen, So Does Juventus," 23 Aug. 2019 And the author said, Let’s face it, in Malaysia the truth is not welcome. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "A Penn Law Professor Wants to Make America White Again," 23 Aug. 2019 The truth is that GE is using a set of assumptions, the short report uses another. CBS News, "General Electric accused of fraud "bigger than Enron" by Madoff whistleblower," 16 Aug. 2019 The truth is, The Wendy Williams Show is simply on a summer hiatus and will start back up again on September 16, according to Wendy's Instagram. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Is 'The Wendy Williams Show' Canceled? Here's What's Actually Going on," 15 Aug. 2019 The truth is that Google or Microsoft (or Nintendo, or Samsung, or Sony, the list goes on) could just as easily cut off a customer for no stated purpose and without recourse. Luke Kurtis, Quartz, "Apple locked me out of its walled garden. It was a nightmare," 13 Aug. 2019 The truth is, every human behavior—from addiction to attraction to anxiety—is tethered to a genetic anchor. Bill Sullivan, National Geographic, "Why we like what we like: A scientist’s surprising findings," 6 Aug. 2019 So why did the rumors persist even though the truth was readily available? People are social learners. Scientific American, "How Misinformation Spreads—and Why We Trust It," 3 Sep. 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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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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