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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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  • If this technology is indeed becoming commercial rather than experimental, it will have had a veritably mammoth gestation.
  • On the sixth level of the atrium, however, sits a new store that veritably begs your attention.
  • He has veritably knocked himself out with overintellectualization and contrivance.
  • It has never been restored and, indeed, looks veritably untouched since the emperor's ousting and hasty exile.
  • What is troubling is its use of a kind of distorted history to substantiate a veritably cultish, mythic vision.
  • In need of morphine after hip surgery, she is bedridden one moment and veritably bounding across the stage the next.
  • In reading these original sources one can veritably feel the pulse of living history.
  • She has learned to know that veritably those who live in one community are members one of another.
  • Our culture not only whispers, but veritably screams, that anything goes.
  • Moreover, the state is veritably ant-practicality anti-fitness.
British Dictionary definitions for veritably


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 veritably



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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