ve·​ra·​cious | \ və-ˈrā-shəs How to pronounce veracious (audio) \

Definition of veracious

2 : marked by truth : accurate

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veraciously adverb
veraciousness noun

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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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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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The first known use of veracious was circa 1677

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“Veracious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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