noun ve·rac·i·ty \və-ˈra-sə-tē\

Definition of veracity



  1. 1 :  conformity with truth or fact :  accuracy

  2. 2 :  devotion to the truth :  truthfulness

  3. 3 :  power of conveying or perceiving truth

  4. 4 :  something true makes lies sound like veracities

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Examples of veracity in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. … 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

  4. We questioned the veracity of his statements.

  5. The jury did not doubt the veracity of the witness.

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of veracity

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

First Known Use: circa 1623

VERACITY Defined for English Language Learners


noun ve·rac·i·ty \və-ˈra-sə-tē\

Definition of veracity for English Language Learners

  • : truth or accuracy

  • : the quality of being truthful or honest

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