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 In any case, an independent investigation by the New York state attorney general is underway and may ultimately shed light on the veracity of the allegations, which would help New Yorkers decide if Cuomo deserves to continue in office. Star Tribune, "Cuomo allegations put spotlight on men in power — again," 5 Mar. 2021 After the election, Parler’s user base boomed to more than 10 million, bolstered by people seeking alternative social media sites as Trump and his allies spread false narratives about the veracity of the election. Washington Post, "Ousted Parler CEO sues company, alleges stake was taken," 23 Mar. 2021 Fueled by lies and disinformation from online message boards and Trump himself, the power of the QAnon community should not be underestimated, even if its veracity is limited. Jen Golbeck, Wired, "Sad QAnon Followers Are at a Precarious Pivot Point," 6 Feb. 2021 Spencer’s attorneys have raised questions about the veracity of their eyewitness testimony, which is notoriously unreliable. Krista M. Torralva, Dallas News, "Judge frees Ben Spencer after 34 years of claiming his innocence in deadly Dallas robbery. But he still could be tried again," 12 Mar. 2021 That is, some myths deny that any wrongdoing has transpired, often by questioning the veracity of victim reports. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Andrew Cuomo and the spectrum of sexual abuse: Why these accusations matter," 2 Mar. 2021 The documents revealed that powerful figures within the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala had expressed doubts about the veracity of her account. Washington Post, "Dianna Ortiz, nun who told of brutal abduction by Guatemalan military, dies at 62," 19 Feb. 2021 After all, an atheist is unlikely to persuade a devout Christian to abandon their religion, any more than a Christian can convince an ardent atheist about the veracity of their faith. Kumar Yogeeswaran, Scientific American, "The U.S. Needs Tolerance more than Unity," 2 Mar. 2021 The documents revealed that powerful figures within the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala had expressed doubts about the veracity of her account. Ryan Di Corpo,, "Dianna Ortiz, nun who told of brutal abduction by Guatemalan military, dies at 62," 20 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of veracity

1614, 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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The first known use of veracity was in 1614

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16 Apr 2021

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“Veracity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of veracity

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

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