ver·​i·​ta·​ble | \ˈver-ə-tə-bəl \

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

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Other Words from veritable

veritableness noun
veritably \ ˈver-​ə-​tə-​blē \ adverb

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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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Steve Aoki takes his own crack at reinterpretation, building its shimmer into a veritable glow before dropping it low into growling bass jerks. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Alan Walker Remixes Steve Aoki's 'All Night' on Remix Package: Listen," 9 Mar. 2018 Good morning from Davos, Switzerland, where the weather has improved considerably and a veritable hit parade of world leaders has taken the stage to promote their agendas. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Next Big Tech to Fear: Lethal, Autonomous Micro-Drones," 25 Jan. 2018 Prediction for the season: The erstwhile Commander Lexa spent way too long as a veritable damsel in distress, finally growing into the role of post-apocalyptic soldier toward the end of season three. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fear the Walking Dead': Where Everyone Left Off and What's Next (After the Big Crossover)," 8 Apr. 2018 His condition is a veritable haven for self-pity, but Krukow doesn’t understand the concept. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mike Krukow returns, his spirit intact," 23 Feb. 2018 Her 2005 split from now-ex-husband Brad Pitt inspired a veritable lifetime of demeaning and belittling headlines that constantly paint her as the heartbroken victim in a classic love triangle (with Pitt and Angelina Jolie). Kathryn Lindsay,, "Why Be Engaged When You Can Be An Ex?," 13 July 2018 In the past few years, raccoons have instated a veritable reign of terror in Brooklyn, diving in and out of dumpsters, nesting inside chimneys and walloping neighborhood cats. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 At a very recent meeting of the Massachusetts Medical Society, this gentleman read a paper giving a history of the case, and presented the veritable skull which sustained the injury. Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "“Foul Treachery” of Trotsky and Lenin in 1918; Phineas Gage’s Brain in 1868," 13 July 2018 Just look at current and past slates of gubernatorial candidates, a veritable field of wealthy men: Bill Weld, Mitt Romney, Christy Mihos, Deval Patrick, Charlie Baker, Evan Falchuk, Jeff McCormick, Bob Massie. Shirley Leung,, "State law allows political candidates to expense a tuxedo, but not child care. That needs to change.," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of veritable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for veritable

Middle English, "reliable, honest, true, factual," borrowed from Anglo-French (continental Old French, "real, true"), from verité "truth, verity" + -able -able

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English Language Learners Definition of veritable

: true or real


ver·​i·​ta·​ble | \ˈver-ə-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of veritable

: actual, true

Hint: Veritable is often used to emphasize similarity to something else.
  • He is a veritable encyclopedia of facts.

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