Definition of truth in English:

truth

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The quality or state of being true:

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

  • in truth

    • Really; in fact:

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

    • see truth
      • ‘‘The only thing I fall in love with is my dog, to tell you the truth,’ he confesses.’
      • ‘Management has been too hard on them lately, and to tell you the truth, the benefits haven't been that stellar either.’
      • ‘I watch very little television, to tell you the truth, because of my children.’
      • ‘Well, to tell you the truth, I was actually glad they were going to eat lunch with me.’
      • ‘I don't think there's much hate in it at all: to tell you the truth, it's actually quite interesting.’
    • 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’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a novel concept for Scotland, and, truth to tell, we are not very good at it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, truth to tell, I'm too tired to think about it, or anything else.’
      • ‘But I don't actually envy her, because truth to tell, I hate weddings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When the tests were finished I walked off feeling really happy with myself because, truth to tell, I do feel pretty good these days.’
      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’
      • ‘We called for "truth in sentencing" and an end to release at the half-way stage which is automatic for nearly all prisoners.’
      • ‘His government has strengthened "truth in sentencing" laws that prevent judges and parole authorities from shortening jail terms.’
      • ‘We are the party that believes in truth in sentencing and zero tolerance, and is tough on crime, but believes in justice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The truth in sentencing conference exposed some of the more ridiculous situations that exist in this country with regard to violent crime.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Should courts, when sentencing offenders, have one eye on the remissions system that used to operate before truth in sentencing legislation came in?’
      • ‘One thing that I absolutely think is necessary is truth in sentencing.’
      • ‘Why does he not support truth in sentencing and lock up a whole lot more for a whole lot longer?’
  • the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

    • Used to emphasize the absolute veracity of a statement.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'll answer the first comment when it arrives - and I'll answer with 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?’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘As John stated, ‘We knew that this guy was not telling us 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.’’
      • ‘Are you sure you're telling me 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?’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

truth

/truːθ/