adjective ve·rid·i·cal \və-ˈri-di-kəl\

Definition of veridical

  1. 1 :  truthful, veracious tried … to supply … a veridical background to the events and people portrayed — Laura Krey

  2. 2 :  not illusory :  genuine it is assumed that … perception is veridical — George Lakoff


play \və-ˌri-də-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun


play \və-ˈri-di-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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We'll tell only the truth here: "veridical" comes from the Latin word veridicus, which itself is from two other Latin words: verus, meaning "true," and dicere, meaning "to say." "Verus" is an ancestor of several English words, among them "verity," "verify," and "very" (which originally meant "true"). The word verdict is related to "veridical" on both sides of the family: it also traces back to "verus" and "dicere." "Veridical" itself is the least common of the "verus" words. You're most likely to encounter it in contexts dealing with psychology and philosophy. ]>

Origin and Etymology of veridical

Latin vēridicus “conveying the truth” (from vērus “true” + -dicus “saying, one who says,” nominal derivative of dīcere “to speak, say”) + 1-al — more at 1very, diction

First Known Use: 1653

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capable of being understood in two ways

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