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
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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Verity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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