veracious

adjective
ve·​ra·​cious | \və-ˈrā-shəs \

Definition of veracious 

2 : marked by truth : accurate

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Other Words from veracious

veraciously adverb
veraciousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for veracious

Synonyms

honest, truthful

Antonyms

dishonest, fibbing, lying, mendacious, prevaricating, untruthful

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Veracious or voracious?

Take care to distinguish between the near-homophones veracious and voracious, whose similarities in sound mask utterly different meanings. Veracious (“honest, truthful”), like its cousins veritable, verify, and very, concerns that which is true. Voracious (”having a greedy or insatiable appetite”), on the other hand, describes the urge to consume large quantities of something, often food, books, or ideas. One way to remember the difference is that the one with the E as its second letter means "truE," and the one with the O as its second letter means "ravenOus." Not coincidentally, these adjectives have near-homophonous noun derivatives: veracity ("truthfulness") and voracity ("the quality or state of being voracious").

Examples of veracious in a Sentence

he has a reputation for being veracious, so people generally take his word for things most readers have accepted the book as a veracious account of Samuel Johnson's table talk

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As for elephant riding, the ACEWG notes that while veracious studies have not been conducted on elephants specifically, it is known that horses, dogs, and donkeys have a weight-carrying capacity of about 20-to-25 percent of their body weight. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Ever Okay to Ride Elephants While on Vacation? It’s Complicated...," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of veracious

circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for veracious

Latin vērāc-, vērāx "truthful" + -ious — more at very entry 2

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