ver·​i·​ty | \ˈver-ə-tē \
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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For years, Wiz's lighthearted verities on partying and living life on the edge has garnered acclaim and praise. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Wiz Khalifa on Fatherhood, Working With A$AP Rocky & Why 'Rolling Papers' Is His '36 Chambers': 'That Sh-- Just Looks Classic'," 13 June 2018 But remember our endeavor is not to restore what was old and good but rather to make ourselves anew while maintaining the verities of the past. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Country roads, take us home," 20 Apr. 2018 Instead of confronting the realities of current politics, too many leaders were content to indulge in ideological mirages, in which the policy proposals of 1981 would be eternal verities. Fred Bauer, National Review, "Laura Ingraham’s New Book Has Lessons for How We Got Trump," 1 Nov. 2017 Hickey remained unconvinced about the verity of Mumler’s art, and went to the city marshal’s office to file a grievance. Errol Morris, New York Times, "The Man Who Photographed Ghosts," 24 Oct. 2017 Her memoir and three novels — produced in the span of less than a decade — feel hewn from these grand Faulknerian verities. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Faulkner and Other Ghosts Sing Through Jesmyn Ward’s New Novel," 5 Sep. 2017 Ambition because Victor Frankenstein has challenged death itself, one of the universe’s eternal verities. Cory Doctorow, Slate Magazine, "I’ve Created a Monster!," 22 May 2017 So, now, project those same eternal verities of teenage life onto a homeless girl wearing someone else’s old clothes, and angst becomes nightmare. Fred Dickey,, "Homeless in San Diego but her big dreams keep her positive," 14 Aug. 2017 At 91, Bucky Pizzarelli has built a vast and loyal audience among listeners who value the eternal verities of mainstream jazz-swing guitar. Howard Reich,, "At 91, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli shows how it's done," 23 June 2017

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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

: something that is regarded as true

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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