veracity

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web And multiple witnesses referenced the reporting in their Congressional testimonies disputing the veracity of Solomon's columns. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "The Hill criticizes John Solomon's Ukraine columns, implements new policies after lengthy review," 19 Feb. 2020 The episode showcased the perils of conducting elections in the age of social media, where volume is more important than veracity. Washington Post, "Conservatives push false claims of voter fraud on Twitter as Iowans prepare to caucus," 3 Feb. 2020 The episode showcased the perils of conducting elections in the age of social media, where volume is more important than veracity. BostonGlobe.com, "Conservatives push false claims of voter fraud on Twitter as Iowans prepare to caucus," 3 Feb. 2020 Whatever the veracity of that statement, there is little question that the wilderness therapy industry is growing. Popular Science, "There isn’t much science supporting wilderness therapy for teens," 30 Jan. 2020 Without directly denying the veracity of his account, whose existence was first reported by The New York Times, Mr. Sekulow argued that the behavior Mr. Bolton described had no place in the discussion of the president’s fate. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Trump’s Defense Team Discounts Bolton as Republicans Work to Hold Off Witnesses," 28 Jan. 2020 Accounts big and small have whipped up quite an apocalyptic fervor in the past weeks, posting scary videos of dubious provenance and veracity. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "In a Global Crisis, Maybe Don’t Turn to Twitter," 28 Jan. 2020 The university confirmed to NBC News the veracity of the video. NBC News, "Ball State professor called police to class because student would not change seats," 23 Jan. 2020 And multiple witnesses referenced the reporting in their Congressional testimonies disputing the veracity of Solomon's columns. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Months later, The Hill has yet to complete review of John Solomon's columns at center of impeachment," 23 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'veracity.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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“Veracity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/veracity. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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veracity

noun
How to pronounce veracity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of veracity

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

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