truth

noun
\ ˈtrüth How to pronounce truth (audio) \
plural truths\ ˈtrüt͟hz How to pronounce truth (audio) , ˈtrüths \

Essential Meaning of truth

1 : the real facts about something : the things that are true Are you telling (me) the truth? At some point you have to face the simple/hard/honest/plain/naked truth that we failed. See More ExamplesTheir explanation was simpler but came closer to the truth. The article explains the truth about global warming. A reporter soon discovered/revealed/uncovered the truth. Do you swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth? I know you think I don't care, but nothing could be further from the truth. [=that is absolutely not true] The truth of the matter is (that) you failed the exam and it's going to be reflected in your final grade. To tell (you) the truth, I liked her first book better than this one. [=I am being honest when I say that I liked her first book better] "When was the last time you went to New York?" "To tell you the truth, I don't remember." [=I have to admit that I don't remember] I told her I liked the restaurant but the truth is that the food was pretty bad. = I told her I liked the restaurant but, (the) truth be told/known, the food was pretty bad.Hide
2 : the quality or state of being true There's no truth in anything he says. [=nothing he says is true] I doubt the truth of their accusations. [=I doubt that their accusations are true] Her story contains a grain/kernel of truth but also lots of exaggeration.
3 : a statement or idea that is true or accepted as true

Full Definition of truth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality
(2) : the state of being the case : fact
(3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality
b : a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true truths of thermodynamics
c : the body of true statements and propositions
2a : the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality
b chiefly British : true sense 2
c : fidelity to an original or to a standard
3a : sincerity in action, character, and utterance
b archaic : fidelity, constancy
4 capitalized, Christian Science : god
in truth
: in accordance with fact : actually

Truth

biographical name
\ ˈtrüth How to pronounce Truth (audio) \

Definition of Truth (Entry 2 of 2)

Sojourner circa 1797–1883 American evangelist and reformer

Synonyms & Antonyms for truth

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of truth in a Sentence

Noun At some point you have to face the simple truth that we failed. Their explanation was simpler but came closer to the truth. The article explains the truth about global warming. A reporter soon discovered the truth. Do you swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Her story contains a grain of truth but also lots of exaggeration.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the truth is that no one has studied if liquid biopsies save lives. H. Gilbert Welch, STAT, 14 Jan. 2022 But the truth, as Robison describes it, is that from a technical standpoint, there is no single, simple answer. Ankush Khardori, The New Republic, 12 Jan. 2022 Elsewhere in Arizona, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, who defended his office against the conspiratorial election review, has started a political committee to provide financial support to Republicans who tell the truth about the election. Nicholas Riccardi, ajc, 30 Dec. 2021 Elsewhere in Arizona, Maricopa County Auditor Stephen Richer, who defended his office against the conspiratorial election review, has started a political committee to provide financial support to Republicans who tell the truth about the election. Nicholas Riccardi, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Dec. 2021 And tell the truth about who is being discriminated against today. Elliot Kaufman, WSJ, 29 Dec. 2021 Her raw memoir reveals a woman with enough perspective on her own life to tell the truth, and her manifesto is a gift to those seeking their own truths. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2021 McCarthy also leads a party that has ostracized the Republican members of the select committee, Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois -- two staunch conservatives who have been willing to tell the truth about what happened. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 27 Dec. 2021 Tell the truth in a way that’s easy for your child to understand, and make sure to reassure them. Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of truth

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for truth

Noun

Middle English trewthe, from Old English trēowth fidelity; akin to Old English trēowe faithful — more at true entry 1

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The first known use of truth was before the 12th century

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“Truth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truth. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for truth

truth

noun
\ ˈtrüth How to pronounce truth (audio) \
plural truths\ ˈtrüt͟hz \

Kids Definition of truth

1 : the body of real events or facts He'll keep investigating until he finds the truth.
2 : the quality or state of being true There is no truth in what she told you.
3 : a true or accepted statement or idea I learned some hard truths about life.
in truth
: in actual fact : really

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