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[vuh-ras-i-tee] /vəˈræs ɪ ti/
noun, plural veracities for 4.
habitual observance of truth in speech or statement; truthfulness:
He was not noted for his veracity.
conformity to truth or fact; accuracy:
to question the veracity of his account.
correctness or accuracy, as of the senses or of a scientific instrument.
something veracious; a truth.
Origin of veracity
1615-25; < Medieval Latin vērācitās, equivalent to Latin vērāc- (stem of vērāx) true + -itās- -ity
Related forms
nonveracity, noun, plural nonveracities.
1. honesty, integrity, credibility. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for veracity
  • The fact that he did not recognize the danger he was in makes me doubt his veracity and intelligence, if not his integrity.
  • Scientists regularly have to rely on a few dated observations of questionable veracity.
  • They don't know how to judge the quality and veracity of information for which they have no background.
  • Bloggers and users of social media set about trying to ascertain the veracity of this information.
  • The book is punctuated by odd illustrations which both announce and undercut the veracity of the story.
  • It is another for the president's own spokesman to question his master's veracity.
  • They're in charge of the nation's monetary policy, yet seem ambivalent about monetary policy's veracity.
  • Evading the latter sometimes serves the former, which is why veracity and lying are treated instrumentally in politics.
  • Let's start out by establishing the veracity of this article.
  • Their teachers have frequently publicly shown miracles to prove the correctness of their message and veracity of their teachings.
British Dictionary definitions for veracity


noun (pl) -ties
truthfulness or honesty, esp when consistent or habitual
precision; accuracy
something true; a truth
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin vērācitās, from Latin vērax; see veracious
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Word Origin and History for veracity

1620s, from French véracité, from Medieval Latin veracitatem (nominative veracitas) "truthfulness," from Latin verax (genitive veracis) "truthful," from verus "true" (see very).

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