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[vuh-rey-shuh s] /vəˈreɪ ʃəs/
habitually speaking the truth; truthful; honest:
a veracious witness.
characterized by truthfulness; true, accurate, or honest in content:
a veracious statement; a veracious account.
Origin of veracious
1670-80; veraci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
veraciously, adverb
veraciousness, noun
nonveracious, adjective
nonveraciously, adverb
nonveraciousness, noun
unveracious, adjective
unveraciously, adverb
unveraciousness, noun
Can be confused
veracious, vociferous, voracious.
1, 2. mendacious. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for veracious
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  • One traces and unconsciously accepts as a veracious narrative the record of a fantastic though abiding love.

    The Wings of Icarus Laurence Alma Tadema
  • He was so veracious a man, that it was said of him, after his death, “Truth died with Matyas.”

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • How shall we separate myth and simple tradition from the veracious chronicles of the Roman people?

    Old Continental Towns Walter M. Gallichan
  • But something new in this veracious narration—the contraband.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • In regard to truth he was equal to the veracious king Yudhishtira.

    Vikram and the Vampire Richard F. Burton
  • A similar marvel is related in the travels of the veracious Marco Polo.

    Bygone Beliefs H. Stanley Redgrove
  • The object of this story is to give a veracious, and not a highly gilded picture of the hardy prairie man of days gone by.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • He preserved them, and they are thus able to be embodied in this veracious chronicle.

  • But this is not a romance; only the veracious chronicle of certain human beings.

    The Deluge David Graham Phillips
  • “omitted in my volumes,” as asserted by the veracious critic.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia William Cornwallis Harris
British Dictionary definitions for veracious


habitually truthful or honest
accurate; precise
Derived Forms
veraciously, adverb
veraciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vērax, from vērus true
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Word Origin and History for veracious

1670s, from Latin verac-, stem of verax "according to truth, truthful," from verus "true" (see very) + -ous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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