Definition of veritable
: being in fact the thing named and not false, unreal, or imaginary —often used to stress the aptness of a metaphor a veritable mountain of references
veritablyplay \ˈver-ə-tə-blē\ adverb
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Recent Examples of veritable from the Web
The LDF lawsuit finds in the new commission a veritable rogues gallery of voter suppression.
A veritable city has sprung up almost overnight to handle 2,000 workers and their families (including lodging for 1,000), plus as many as 1,900 horses, behind the backstretch.
Besides the queen mother and her two heirs, however, one of the most striking elements of the picture is Bey's flowing purple dress, a veritable cascade of ruffles and floral print from Spanish label Palomo Spain.
The evening opens with a political memoir that is a veritable history of New Orleans politics from the 1950s through the early '70s.
A veritable parking-lot party, this market is part of Tiny Diner and Farm, a restaurant with an impressive urban farming program.
Khloé's Good American line has not only denim but also bodysuits, and Kim has a veritable empire, which has recently also expanded into cosmetic territory.
Dauphin Island and the Fort Morgan peninsula on the Alabama coast were veritable mountains at the time, towering hundreds of feet above the surrounding landscape.
CLEVELAND - A veritable institution within a University Circle institution is about to go out of business.
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Did You Know?
Veritable, like its close relative "verity" ("truth"), came to English through Anglo-French from Latin. It is ultimately derived from "verus," the Latin word for "true," which also gave us "verify," "aver," and "verdict." "Veritable" is often used as a synonym of "genuine" or "authentic" ("a veritable masterpiece"), but it is also frequently used to stress the aptness of a metaphor, often in a humorous tone ("a veritable swarm of lawyers"). In the past, usage commentators have objected to the latter use, but today it doesn't draw much criticism.
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