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[ver-i-tuh-buh l] /ˈvɛr ɪ tə bəl/
being truly or very much so:
a veritable triumph.
Obsolete. true, as a statement or tale.
Origin of veritable
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French. See verity, -able
Related forms
veritableness, noun
veritably, adverb
nonveritable, adjective
nonveritableness, noun
nonveritably, adverb
unveritable, adjective
unveritableness, noun
unveritably, adverb
1. real, genuine; utter. See authentic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for veritable
  • Today someone settling down to watch television is likely to witness a veritable carnival of violent behavior.
  • In fact, there is a veritable epidemic of back pain in this country today, and nobody can explain why.
  • If you want to see interesting people, it's a veritable buffet.
  • The reason is that there's a veritable alphabet soup of genes which pop out of the numerous studies focusing on these traits.
  • The trickle of data that distant-galaxy hunters once collected has now turned into a veritable geyser.
  • Life over yonder in fine weather is a perpetual holiday, here a veritable tread-mill of industry.
  • He may, in his desire to resist at any cost, present a picture of veritable emotional feeblemindedness.
  • He was possessed by a veritable rage for acquiring and storing up knowledge.
  • That's a lot to you and me, but it's a veritable rounding error for a bank of this magnitude and wealth.
  • After someone swallows a medicine, the chemical must traverse a veritable maze.
British Dictionary definitions for veritable


adjective (prenominal)
(intensifier; usually qualifying a word used metaphorically): he's a veritable swine!
(rare) genuine or true; proper: I require veritable proof
Derived Forms
veritableness, noun
veritably, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from vérité truth; see verity
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Word Origin and History for veritable

late 15c., from Anglo-French and Old French veritable "true," from verité (see verity) + -able. Probably lost mid-17c. and reborrowed or revived after 1830. Related: Veritably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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