(1)   The quality of being near to the true value
"He was beginning to doubt the accuracy of his compass"
"The lawyer questioned the truth of my account"
(2)   A fact that has been verified
"At last he knew the truth"
"The truth is that he didn't want to do it"
(3)   A true statement
"He told the truth"
"He thought of answering with the truth but he knew they wouldn't believe it"
(4)   United States abolitionist and feminist who was freed from slavery and became a leading advocate of the abolition of slavery and for the rights of women (1797-1883)
(5)   Conformity to reality or actuality
"They debated the truth of the proposition"
"The situation brought home to us the blunt truth of the military threat"
"He was famous for the truth of his portraits"
"He turned to religion in his search for eternal verities"


From trīewþ, trēowþ, corresponding to true + -th.


  1. The state or quality of being true to someone or something; faithfulness, fidelity.
    Truth to one's own feelings is all-important in life.
  2. A pledge of loyalty or faith.
  3. Conformity to fact or reality; correctness, accuracy.
    There was some truth in his statement that he had no other choice.
  4. True facts, genuine depiction or statements of reality.
    The truth is that our leaders knew a lot more than they were letting on.
  5. That which is real, in a deeper sense; spiritual or ‘genuine’ reality.
    "The truth is what is."
    Alcoholism and redemption led me finally to truth.
    • 1820: Beauty is truth, truth beauty, - that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. — John Keats, ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’
  6. Something acknowledged to be true; a true statement or axiom.
    Hunger and jealousy are just eternal truths of human existence.
    • 1813: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. — Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


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