ve·​rac·​i·​ty | \ və-ˈra-sə-tē How to pronounce veracity (audio) \
plural veracities

Definition of veracity

1 : conformity with truth or fact : accuracy
2 : devotion to the truth : truthfulness
3 : power of conveying or perceiving truth
4 : something true makes lies sound like veracities

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Veracity has been a part of English since at least 1623, and we can honestly tell you that it derives from the Latin adjective verax ("true" or "truthful"), which in turn comes from the earlier adjective verus ("true"). Verus also gives us verity ("the quality of being true"), verify ("to establish the truth of"), and verisimilitude ("the appearance of truth"), among other words. In addition, verax is the root of the word veraciousness, a somewhat rarer synonym and cousin of veracity.

Examples of veracity in a Sentence

What gives the book its integrity are the simplicity and veracity of these recipes and the small touches—bits of history, discovery and personal reflection. — Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 31 Mar. 1998 The trial began with a flurry of motions and questions challenging the judge's authority and veracity. The defendants earlier had called the judge's authority into question when jurors were selected two weeks ago. — Chris Bird, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Jan. 1996 … some documentary photographers supported the photographer's right to find essential rather than literal truths in any situation, while others … insisted on absolute veracity, maintaining that for images to be true to both medium and event, situations should be found, not reenacted. — Naomi Rosenblum, A World History of Photography, 1989 We questioned the veracity of his statements. The jury did not doubt the veracity of the witness.
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The study was revised after authorities in some of the counties covered by the report raised questions about its veracity. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "America's dirtiest beaches list revised after errors discovered," 9 Aug. 2019 At their headquarters in Belmopan, staff field calls about suspected jaguar attacks and investigate their veracity. Steve Winter, National Geographic, "The struggle to protect a vital jaguar corridor," 21 Aug. 2019 This will not come as a revelation to people who have closely followed President Trump’s public statements and Twitter feed and have long doubted his veracity. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "Lies? The news media is starting to describe Trump’s ‘falsehoods’ that way.," 6 June 2019 Russian nationalists who object to the painting and dispute its veracity have demanded that the gallery remove it from display, something the Tretyakov has refused to do. New York Times, "‘Ivan the Terrible’ Painting Damaged in Russia in Vodka-Fueled Attack," 27 May 2018 This sense of conflict over responding to a compliment can be especially strong for people who doubt its veracity. Suzannah Weiss, The Cut, "A Psychological Explanation for Why Compliments Are So Embarrassing," 17 Jan. 2018 To add to the veracity of the scam fake websites were created for the various shell companies so financial institutions seeking to check on a refund request would be duped. San Diego Union-Tribune, "County authorities charge 21 people in complex fraud schemes that netted $5M," 20 June 2019 Speaking with Osborne, Scandone acknowledges the veracity of Osanna’s words but emphasizes the fact that just one volcanologist and his collaborator have been granted access to the site to date. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Why Archaeologists and Volcanologists Are Clashing Over Excavations at Pompeii," 24 July 2019 Carr is more doubtful about the veracity of the review. CBS News, "Eric Garner's mother calls on NYC mayor to "step up" and fire officer involved in son's death," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of veracity

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for veracity

borrowed from New Latin vērācitāt-, vērācitās, from Latin vērāc-, vērāx "truthful" + -itāt-, -itās -ity — more at very entry 2

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: truth or accuracy
: the quality of being truthful or honest

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