ve·​rac·​i·​ty | \və-ˈra-sə-tē \
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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Immediately following Ford's decision to go public, however reluctant, doubts were raised about the veracity of the story and the motives behind it. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Death Threats and Discrediting: The Treatment of Christine Blasey Ford Is a Reminder of What's at Stake for Sexual Assault Survivors," 21 Sep. 2018 The indications of his feral and brutal nature rarely come through with any veracity. Theodore P. Mahne,, "Not much to desire as miscasting, overacting derail Le Petit's 'Streetcar'," 10 Dec. 2017 Experts doubt the veracity of that statement as well. Chris Morris, Fortune, "No, Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation Won't End on September 1," 21 May 2018 The mystery-thriller aspects of this novel drive it forward, but readers will also appreciate the veracity of its Alaska setting and the substance of dog racing life. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage novelist tells a gothic tale set among dog mushers in Interior Alaska," 16 June 2018 Assad has disputed the veracity of the photos, but Human Rights Watch called the images authentic. NBC News, "Investigators quietly probe allegations of Syrian war crimes," 29 Mar. 2018 Now a federal lawsuit seeking to block the question has cast doubt on the department’s explanation and the veracity of the man who offered it, Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross Jr. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Why Was a Citizenship Question Put on the Census? ‘Bad Faith,’ a Judge Suggests," 10 July 2018 Ultimately, Thomas was confirmed and Hill encountered public scrutiny as her credibility and veracity were questioned well after the hearing. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 Barring the veracity of Payton's word, James's eldest child enrolling at an L.A. private school certainly would be an item anchoring him to that city. The Crossover Staff,, "Forecasting The King's Future: Which Team Best Suits LeBron James?," 13 June 2018

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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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