Definition of veracity
- makes lies sound like veracities
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We questioned the veracity of his statements.
The jury did not doubt the veracity of the witness.
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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.
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