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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Old political verities proved worthless, and government largely failed to relieve the disaster. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "World confronts pandemic shortages. Russians have been here before.," 7 May 2020 The suspension also emphasizes fundamental verities: unequal-length control arms in front, a massive Jaguar-like multi-link independent setup in the back. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Maserati Quattroporte," 21 Apr. 2020 March has brought us verities, data, and a plague—together with a new set of questions that are already reshaping the 2020 campaign. John A. Farrell, The New Republic, "TNR Newsletters. Must reads. 5 days a week.," 16 Apr. 2020 Myth, magic and superstition are inextricably intertwined with everyday verities, a technique that caused Ms. Morrison’s novels to be likened often to those of Latin American magic realist writers like Gabriel García Márquez. Margalit Fox, New York Times, "Toni Morrison, Towering Novelist of the Black Experience, Dies at 88," 8 Apr. 2015 Definitions become riddles, anecdotes, opinions, myths, and vintage metaphysical verities. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 25 Nov. 2019 FastHorse pokes at the absurd sincerity of her characters: Logan’s vegan verities, Jaxton’s yoga mat insights, Caden’s dramaturg hankerings, even Alicia’s dizzying Disney references. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "In “The Thanksgiving Play,” cultural correctness, “enlightened white allies” and the perils of being “woke”," 19 Nov. 2019 Her only hope may be Mouse (Tyrese Gibson), a grocery store owner who unwittingly assists in her initial escape from Malone and his crew, then becomes her equally authority-defying and verity-seeking confidante. Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Black and Blue': Film Review," 22 Sep. 2019 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

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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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21 May 2020

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“Verity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of verity

formal : something that is regarded as true

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