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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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  • "Mr. Waterbury is a gentleman of veracity," said Alderman Morris sharply.

    The Young Adventurer Horatio Alger
  • I see you did not give me a false address, and I congratulate you on your veracity.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • That, surely, is the true test of veracity and heroism in conduct.

  • But now she seemed to have lost the healthy instincts for veracity and honesty.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The witness has a character for veracity; his character is above suspicion; the character of the applicant.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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