verity

noun

ver·​i·​ty ˈver-ə-tē How to pronounce verity (audio)
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, verityWilliam Shakespeare

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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of verity was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Verity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verity. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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verity

noun
ver·​i·​ty ˈver-ət-ē How to pronounce verity (audio)
plural verities
1
: the quality or state of being true or real
2
: something (as a statement) that is true : fact
3
: the quality or state of being truthful or honest : veracity
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