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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However, this has no bearing on the veracity of President Trump’s statement. WSJ, "Trump Is Right About the Ninth Circuit Court," 4 Dec. 2018 From beefing with Lady Gaga over the veracity of her trauma to attacking gender neutral clothing as a concept, Morgan has a reputation. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Meet Ash Sarkar, the Communist Who Called Piers Morgan an "Idiot"," 15 July 2018 Social media rewards not morality or veracity, but virality. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A military expert explains why social media is the new battlefield," 12 Oct. 2018 Some of the author’s assertions are of questionable veracity. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "‘Hungover’ Review: There’s Got to Be a Morning After," 9 Nov. 2018 One of a handful of Ole Miss players seeking immediate transfer eligibility, Patterson's claim is that the Rebels coaching staff misled him regarding the veracity of rule breaking allegations and an NCAA investigation. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football has no update on Shea Patterson eligibility process," 7 Feb. 2018 Hestres said Facebook certainly has the resources to police the veracity of any news that crosses its screens. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "What you need to know about Facebook’s new News Feed," 23 Jan. 2018 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

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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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