Definition of truth in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality or state of being true.

    ‘he had to accept the truth of her accusation’
    • ‘My research showed that this stereotype once had some truth but is now no longer true.’
    • ‘We are not going to make any progress on this until we get some truth and transparency about what's going on.’
    • ‘Journalists have one thing in common with historians, a residual obligation to truth.’
    • ‘She may have been exaggerating some, but I'm afraid there's a lot of truth in what she said.’
    • ‘A close examination of what he has achieved suggests there is some truth in it.’
    • ‘Without some kind of guide for distinguishing truth from falsehood, we are lost.’
    • ‘He laughs at that, but you can't help thinking there is an element of truth in that suggestion.’
    • ‘However, when one digs deeper, the uncomfortable truth lies not far below the surface.’
    • ‘There may turn out to be some truth to this, but it's far too early to apportion blame.’
    • ‘Perhaps there is some truth in that old adage about good things coming to those who wait!’
    • ‘The report went on to say there was no truth in the rumour.’
    • ‘From it beginnings this government has had a tenuous relationship with truth.’
    • ‘Even true stories do not display the whole truth - just a version or perception of it.’
    • ‘Synthesis is useful and unavoidable - but it is still a true story and not the whole truth.’
    • ‘I think there may be an element of truth to that, but I also think it goes slightly deeper than that.’
    • ‘You tell that lie to thousands and keep telling it, and soon enough it becomes accepted as truth.’
    • ‘As Mark Twain once said, " Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction?’
    • ‘There is some truth in the old saying that there is a small child in each of us only waiting to get out to play.’
    • ‘Big business acts on a different scale of honesty, morality and truth to we mere mortals.’
    • ‘It will say that truth and honesty were the basic disciplines of scientists such as Jones.’
    veracity, truthfulness, verity, sincerity, candour, honesty, genuineness
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    1. 1.1also the truth That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.
      ‘tell me the truth’
      ‘she found out the truth about him’
      • ‘No matter what the truth was, several lives were irrevocably affected and one was lost.’
      • ‘Experts can tell you anything, but you can't clarify the facts and find out the truth.’
      • ‘It got to the point where I actually managed to convince myself it was the truth.’
      • ‘It is in fact the truth: she's told the story so many times she now thinks she made it up.’
      • ‘I can't demand that people speak the absolute truth about the dear departed.’
      • ‘I looked down at the hand of his I could see and realized he was in fact telling the truth.’
      • ‘"I can't tell you much for you must discover the whole truth for yourself.’
      • ‘Whether she was in fact telling the truth is of course an entirely different matter.’
      • ‘They cannot deny facts and the truth but of course they will never admit they are wrong.’
      • ‘Only an unannounced visit by the agency could have ascertained the truth in the matter.’
      • ‘She plays Themba's daughter who returns from exile to learn the unpalatable truth about her father.’
      • ‘If facts are checked by many more sources then the truth is likelier to be told.’
      • ‘Whether we vote for it or against it, it does not alter the fact that it is the truth.’
      • ‘All I say is that they should look at the facts and at the truth of what has happened.’
      • ‘Madness is full of mischief and when the truth becomes distorted, reality has no meaning.’
      • ‘Our very civilisation depends on our knowing that we are being told the truth on matters of war and peace.’
      • ‘The news is uncertain, the details clouded and vague, and the truth behind the fact is elusive.’
      • ‘Whether you actually make a profit or are telling the truth are not the issues here.’
      • ‘In fact now that he knew the truth about his mother she was the only one that he felt he could trust.’
      • ‘As we said at the time, for once both of them were probably actually telling the truth.’
      the fact of the matter, what actually happened, what really happened, the case, so
      fact, facts, reality, real life, actuality
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    2. 1.2count noun A fact or belief that is accepted as true.
      ‘the emergence of scientific truths’
      ‘the fundamental truths about mankind’
      • ‘The timeless truths about life and love are far too matter of fact to make this film worth watching.’
      • ‘Here he makes a most valid distinction in relation to local truths and perceptions.’
      • ‘You face truths and facts in personal and professional situations to gain clarity.’
      • ‘The text is concerned, essentially, with establishing truths that can be relied upon.’
      • ‘Here is an understanding of how we can move from absolute truths to a confidence in our own uncertain wisdom.’
      • ‘There are some unshakable truths in the world which just cannot be changed.’
      • ‘At such a tender age this kid is demonstrating he has already learned the two fundamental truths of life.’
      • ‘It does, however, go without saying that general principles are by no means universal truths.’
      • ‘If we cannot trust such minds to discover truths about the world, how can we accept the verities of science?’
      • ‘It needs repeating over and over again and eventually truths like these might start getting through.’
      • ‘One of the great accepted truths which shapes our existence is the fact that nothing lasts forever.’
      • ‘Taken at face value it might seem quite a silly idea but in fact it was based on some fundamental truths.’
      • ‘We western liberals take it as an article of faith that facts and truths trump everything.’
      • ‘The programmes gave us a chance to question accepted truths, while allowing us to wallow in a bit of nostalgia.’
      • ‘While churches differ on some doctrine, there are basic truths upon which we agree.’
      • ‘Perhaps in that book I'm trying to make the point that there can be no truths.’
      • ‘The idea that one can arrive at reliable truths by pure reason is simply obsolete.’
      • ‘If there are no conceptual truths, there are no conceptual analyses either.’
      • ‘There are no shared truths, everything is a personal statement, a point of view, an attitude.’
      • ‘It is also at least arguable that scientific truths are by their very nature provisional.’
      fact, verity, certainty, certitude
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  • in truth

    • Really; in fact.

      ‘in truth, she was more than a little unhappy’
      • ‘Ann is apparently more sensible but in truth she is just as self-serving.’
      • ‘But in truth, his views now seem to be nearer the 21st century centre ground than ever.’
      • ‘So this is an attempt to use a more creative sound; although in truth it boils down to a big bassline and a drum beat.’
      • ‘Though in truth this was really no great shock as her progress this season has been astronomical.’
      • ‘I have to smile at that, because in truth we do have a written constitution, one written in the best way, by history.’
      • ‘This may appear unseemly to some but, in truth, he has never concealed this fact.’
      • ‘Actually, in truth I couldn't remember the names of anyone I'd been at school with.’
      • ‘The great pity was that it didn't go to a replay, because in truth neither side deserved to lose this one.’
      • ‘But in truth, reproducing a trade mark or the artistic work on a recording is theft.’
      • ‘It was, in truth, a tad too delicate for my palate, but it looked exquisite and was perfectly enjoyable.’
      in fact, in actual fact, in point of fact, as a matter of fact, in reality, really, actually, to tell the truth, if truth be told
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  • to tell (you) the truth

    • To be frank (used especially when making an admission)

      ‘I think, if truth be told, we were all a little afraid of him’
      ‘to tell you the truth, I've never met the guys’
      • ‘Well, truth to tell, there are things about it that aren't funny at all, but I'll stick to my more positive take for now.’
      • ‘Will said with a slight smile in his voice, ‘That realisation has been a long time coming, in fact you've been a bit slow on the uptake if truth be told.’’
      • ‘But I don't actually envy her, because truth to tell, I hate weddings.’
      • ‘This is a novel concept for Scotland, and, truth to tell, we are not very good at it.’
      • ‘They clapped, they beamed, they leapt to their feet to welcome a speech that, truth to tell, was more a statement of intent than a programme for government.’
      • ‘But, truth to tell, I'm too tired to think about it, or anything else.’
      • ‘When the tests were finished I walked off feeling really happy with myself because, truth to tell, I do feel pretty good these days.’
      • ‘However, if truth be told, I'm still experimenting.’
      • ‘They all have varying degrees of proficiency - although if truth be told, most would probably be classed as being of fairly mediocre quality.’
      • ‘It's Friday evening and there is a look of immense satisfaction on his face - although it is probably more relief, if truth be told.’
      in fact, in actual fact, in point of fact, as a matter of fact, in reality, really, actually, to tell the truth, if truth be told
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  • truth in sentencing

    • The principle that a sentence given to a convicted person should be served in full.

      ‘we have this constant call for tougher sentences and truth in sentencing’
      • ‘Before they brought in this wonderful truth in sentencing stuff and so on, ten or eleven years was the average period of a murder sentence.’
      • ‘One thing that I absolutely think is necessary is truth in sentencing.’
      • ‘We are the party that believes in truth in sentencing and zero tolerance, and is tough on crime, but believes in justice.’
      • ‘The truth in sentencing conference exposed some of the more ridiculous situations that exist in this country with regard to violent crime.’
      • ‘Why does he not support truth in sentencing and lock up a whole lot more for a whole lot longer?’
      • ‘His government has strengthened "truth in sentencing" laws that prevent judges and parole authorities from shortening jail terms.’
      • ‘Should courts, when sentencing offenders, have one eye on the remissions system that used to operate before truth in sentencing legislation came in?’
      • ‘Truth in sentencing means that the four years means exactly what it says: they serve every day of that four years, and that's the situation in Victoria now.’
      • ‘A popular uprising against sentencing laws has swept across the nation in the past decade, winning passage of tough mandatory minimum sentences and "truth in sentencing" laws.’
      • ‘We called for "truth in sentencing" and an end to release at the half-way stage which is automatic for nearly all prisoners.’
  • the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

    • Used to emphasize the absolute veracity of a statement.

      • ‘Are you sure you're telling me the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?’
      • ‘As John stated, ‘We knew that this guy was not telling us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.’’
      • ‘Was Randal telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?’
      • ‘Do you swear the testimony you will give today will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?’
      • ‘You do affirm that all the testimony you are about to give in the case now before the court will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; this you do affirm under the pains and penalties of perjury?’
      • ‘I don't believe that the bible is a divine document, that it is God's word, or that it is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.’
      • ‘Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?’
      • ‘I'll answer the first comment when it arrives - and I'll answer with the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.’
      • ‘It means that a person, called to court to give evidence, stands up in public, takes a bible in his or her hand, and states aloud, ‘I swear by almighty God to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.’’
      • ‘He was to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in all statements to the police and in court, and was subject to prosecution for perjury and public mischief if he failed to do so.’


Old English trīewth, trēowth ‘faithfulness, constancy’ (see true, -th).