|1.||the quality of being true, genuine, actual, or factual: the truth of his statement was attested|
|2.||something that is true as opposed to false: you did not tell me the truth|
|3.||a proven or verified principle or statement; fact: the truths of astronomy|
|4.||(usually plural) a system of concepts purporting to represent some aspect of the world: the truths of ancient religions|
|5.||fidelity to a required standard or law|
|6.||faithful reproduction or portrayal: the truth of a portrait|
|7.||an obvious fact; truism; platitude|
|8.||honesty, reliability, or veracity: the truth of her nature|
|9.||accuracy, as in the setting, adjustment, or position of something, such as a mechanical instrument|
|10.||the state or quality of being faithful; allegiance|
|Related: veritable, veracious|
|[Old English triewth; related to Old High German gitriuwida fidelity, Old Norse tryggr true]|
"Let [Truth] and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter." [Milton, "Areopagitica," 1644]Truth squad in U.S. political sense first attested 1952. Truthiness "act or quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than those known to be true," catch word popularized in this sense by U.S. comedian Stephen Colbert, declared by American Dialect Society to be "2005 Word of the Year."
Used in various senses in Scripture. In Prov. 12:17, 19, it denotes that which is opposed to falsehood. In Isa. 59:14, 15, Jer. 7:28, it means fidelity or truthfulness. The doctrine of Christ is called "the truth of the gospel" (Gal. 2:5), "the truth" (2 Tim. 3:7; 4:4). Our Lord says of himself, "I am the way, and the truth" (John 14:6).