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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The lawsuit was also regarded with some skepticism due to questions about Landis’s veracity. Michael Mccann,, "Was It the Right Decision for Lance Armstrong to Settle in His Lawsuit With the U.S. Government?," 21 Apr. 2018 One sleeping baby, played with veracity by a lump, makes an appearance in a sling. Chris Jones,, "Attention new parents: 'Cry It Out' at Northlight is worth the price of a sitter," 20 May 2018 Communications obtained through the subpoena could help prosecutors determine what Cooper and Rich knew, if anything, about the veracity of Joyce’s statements to The Boston Globe and to the State Ethics Commission. Maria Cramer,, "US judge refuses to dismiss Joyce lawyer," 4 May 2018 In addition to reviewing the veracity of the library’s annual reports, state officials also have questions about the board’s recent reformation, Druker said. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "For years, there's been no financial oversight at the Calumet Park library. Now the state is getting involved.," 13 July 2018 The company was inundated with queries about its veracity. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "No, Harley-Davidson’s C.E.O. Did Not Punch Back at Trump," 27 June 2018 Nevertheless, Guess was unable to conclusively determine the veracity of the allegations leveled against Marciano in its investigation. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Model Kate Upton Accused Paul Marciano of Sexual Harassment. Now the Guess Co-Founder Has Left the Company," 13 June 2018 Investigators have not determined the veracity of the tipster’s claims about the manager’s Hepatitis C diagnosis, Robert Lewis, director of environmental health for the Shelby County Health Department, told IndyStar on Monday. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Headlines: Pizza worker's heroin arrest sparks Hepatitis C scare. CDC: Uh, no.," 30 Jan. 2018 But short interest — essentially, bets that the stock price will plunge — remains heavy, and critics have questioned Musk’s veracity. Russ Mitchell,, "Elon Musk is about to reveal how many Model 3s he's making. But that won't answer all the questions facing Tesla," 29 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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