: being in fact the thing named and not false, unreal, or imaginary — often used to stress the aptness of a metaphor
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Veritable, like its close relative verity ("truth"), came to English through Anglo-French from Latin. It is ultimately derived from verus, the Latin word for "true," which also gave us verify, aver, and verdict. Veritable is often used as a synonym of genuine or authentic ("a veritable masterpiece"), but it is also frequently used to stress the aptness of a metaphor, often in a humorous tone ("a veritable swarm of lawyers"). In the past, usage commentators have objected to the latter use, but today it doesn't draw much criticism.
"The availability of movies and TV shows on streaming services is a veritable merry-go-round these days, with so many titles coming and going that it's hard to keep things straight." — Bryan Bishop, The Verge, 29 July 2016
"Putting on shows at the amphitheater takes a large cohort of people, each with their own expertise, and I began to see that theatre was a veritable smorgasbord of options: lights, sound, props, costumes ... director, actor, stage manager, etc." — Casey Joiner, quoted in The Daily Toreador (Texas Tech University), 25 Feb. 2019
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