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[ver-i-tee] /ˈvɛr ɪ ti/
noun, plural verities for 2.
the state or quality of being true; accordance with fact or reality:
to question the verity of a statement.
something that is true, as a principle, belief, idea, or statement:
the eternal verities.
Origin of verity
1325-75; Middle English < Latin vēritās, equivalent to vēr(us) true + -itās -ity
Can be confused
vérité, verity. Unabridged
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  • But there's no guarantee that dark energy will serve up the eternal verities the high priests are hoping for.
  • Today all these old verities about the relation of war and politics or about violence and power no longer apply.
  • With technology, as in the rest of life, eternal verities have a funny way of turning out not to be so eternal after all.
  • So this was to be my father's collection of unrecognized verities.
  • As he looks out on the nation, he finds on every side a decline in faith in the verities.
  • Therefore on appeal, the facts are considered verities.
British Dictionary definitions for verities


noun (pl) -ties
the quality or state of being true, real, or correct
a true principle, statement, idea, etc; a truth or fact
Word Origin
C14: from Old French vérité, from Latin vēritās, from vērus true
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Word Origin and History for verities



late 14c., from Anglo-French and Old French verite "truth," from Latin veritatem (nominative veritas) "truth, truthfulness," from verus "true" (see very). Modern French vérité, literally "truth," borrowed 1966 as a term for naturalism or realism in film, etc.

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