verity

noun ver·i·ty \ ˈver-ə-tē \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of verity

plural verities
1 : the quality or state of being true or real
2 : something (such as a statement) that is true; especially : a fundamental and inevitably true value
  • such eternal verities as honor, love, and patriotism
3 : the quality or state of being truthful or honest
  • the king-becoming graces, as justice, verity
  • —William Shakespeare

Examples of verity in a Sentence

  1. the local tourist bureau is less concerned with the verity of the legend than the fact that it attracts visitors to the area

  2. no one is questioning your verity—just your memory of events that happened long ago

Recent Examples of verity from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of verity

Middle English verite, borrowed from Anglo-French verité, borrowed from Latin vēritāt-, vēritās, from vērus "true" + -itāt-, -itās -ity — more at 2very


VERITY Defined for English Language Learners

verity

noun

Definition of verity for English Language Learners

  • : something that is regarded as true



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