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[trooth] /truθ/
noun, plural truths
[trooth z, trooths] /truðz, truθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
the true or actual state of a matter:
He tried to find out the truth.
2.
conformity with fact or reality; verity:
the truth of a statement.
3.
a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like:
mathematical truths.
4.
the state or character of being true.
5.
actuality or actual existence.
6.
an obvious or accepted fact; truism; platitude.
7.
honesty; integrity; truthfulness.
8.
(often initial capital letter) ideal or fundamental reality apart from and transcending perceived experience:
the basic truths of life.
9.
agreement with a standard or original.
10.
accuracy, as of position or adjustment.
11.
Archaic. fidelity or constancy.
Idioms
12.
in truth, in reality; in fact; actually:
In truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English treuthe, Old English trēowth (cognate with Old Norse tryggth faith). See true, -th1
Related forms
truthless, adjective
truthlessness, noun
mistruth, noun
nontruth, noun
Can be confused
truism, truth (see confusables note at truism)
Synonyms
1. fact. 2. veracity. 7. sincerity, candor, frankness. 10. precision, exactness.
Antonyms
1. falsehood. 2, 4, 7. falsity.
Confusables note
See truism.

Truth

[trooth] /truθ/
noun
1.
Sojourner
[soh-jur-ner,, soh-jur-ner] /ˈsoʊ dʒɜr nər,, soʊˈdʒɜr nər/ (Show IPA),
(Isabella Van Wagener) 1797?–1883, U.S. abolitionist, orator, and women's-rights advocate, born a slave.
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Examples from the web for truth
  • truth changes what we think it alters what we think is possible.
  • In truth, this who would grant is no longer directed to the beloved lover.
  • With it, he stays with metaphysics, in oblivion of the truth of being.
  • The people of the book know well that that is the truth from their lord.
  • If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things.
  • The truth of the premises would, indeed, make the conclusion probable.
  • truth means leading soldiers from the front and being honest to them at all times.
  • To advance results in ignoring truth to retreat results in contradicting the lineage.
  • The principal aim of the writer appears to be to present moral and religious truth.
  • In this light, no religion is able to comprehensively capture and communicate all truth.
British Dictionary definitions for truth

truth

/truːθ/
noun
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 pl) 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
adjectives veritable veracious
Derived Forms
truthless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English triewth; related to Old High German gitriuwida fidelity, Old Norse tryggr true
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Word Origin and History for truth
n.

Old English triewð (West Saxon), treowð (Mercian) "faithfulness, quality of being true," from triewe, treowe "faithful" (see true), with Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)).

Meaning "accuracy, correctness" is from 1560s. Unlike lie (v.), there is no primary verb in English or most other IE languages for "speak the truth." Noun sense of "something that is true" is first recorded mid-14c.

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."

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truth in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with truth
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