ver·​i·​ty | \ ˈver-ə-tē How to pronounce verity (audio) \
plural verities

Definition of verity

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for verity


facticity, factuality, sooth, trueness, truth


falseness, falsity, untruth

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Examples of verity in a Sentence

the local tourist bureau is less concerned with the verity of the legend than the fact that it attracts visitors to the area no one is questioning your verity—just your memory of events that happened long ago

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Now in his 50s, Bill finds the verities of that life breaking down. Bruce Barcott, New York Times, "Even in Hemingway’s Woods, Sometimes a Man Needs to Cry," 2 Aug. 2019 Myth, magic and superstition are inextricably intertwined with everyday verities, a technique that caused Morrison’s novels to be likened often to those of Latin American magic realist writers like Gabriel García Márquez. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ author and nobel laureate, dies at 88," 6 Aug. 2019 We who care most about the good character of candidates believe in eternal verities and unchanging moral truth. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: Election 2020 priorities," 2 Aug. 2019 Hardly any of these strategic verities can be applied to a world in which AI plays a significant role in national security. The Atlantic, "The Metamorphosis," 11 July 2019 Putting on a successful jazz festival means embracing certain show business verities, time honored truths like the importance of opening with a bang. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Big names buoy the Stanford Jazz Festival’s 37th season," 21 June 2019 Meanwhile they are being studied by reform-minded Republicans, grappling with the rejection of conservative verities that Mr Trump represents. The Economist, "Elizabeth Warren, saviour of capitalism," 21 June 2019 This conception of liberty is severed from the moral foundations of democracy: loyalty to country; the love, support, and discipline of the family; and the eternal verities conveyed by traditional religion. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 Once again the impression that these people are at once real and fictional adds piquancy to the dialogue, which aims not to set forth verities but to pursue conjectures. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of verity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for verity

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

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English Language Learners Definition of verity

formal : something that is regarded as true

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