Definition of truth in US English:

truth

noun

  • 1The quality or state of being true.

    ‘he had to accept the truth of her accusation’
    • ‘She may have been exaggerating some, but I'm afraid there's a lot of truth in what she said.’
    • ‘Synthesis is useful and unavoidable - but it is still a true story and not the whole truth.’
    • ‘It will say that truth and honesty were the basic disciplines of scientists such as Jones.’
    • ‘A close examination of what he has achieved suggests there is some truth in it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You tell that lie to thousands and keep telling it, and soon enough it becomes accepted as truth.’
    • ‘My research showed that this stereotype once had some truth but is now no longer true.’
    • ‘Even true stories do not display the whole truth - just a version or perception of it.’
    • ‘He laughs at that, but you can't help thinking there is an element of truth in that suggestion.’
    • ‘I think there may be an element of truth to that, but I also think it goes slightly deeper than that.’
    • ‘However, when one digs deeper, the uncomfortable truth lies not far below the surface.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From it beginnings this government has had a tenuous relationship with truth.’
    • ‘Without some kind of guide for distinguishing truth from falsehood, we are lost.’
    • ‘We are not going to make any progress on this until we get some truth and transparency about what's going on.’
    • ‘The report went on to say there was no truth in the rumour.’
    • ‘Journalists have one thing in common with historians, a residual obligation to truth.’
    • ‘There may turn out to be some truth to this, but it's far too early to apportion blame.’
    • ‘As Mark Twain once said, " Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction?’
    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’
      • ‘Whether we vote for it or against it, it does not alter the fact that it is the truth.’
      • ‘I can't demand that people speak the absolute truth about the dear departed.’
      • ‘Experts can tell you anything, but you can't clarify the facts and find out the truth.’
      • ‘All I say is that they should look at the facts and at the truth of what has happened.’
      • ‘Only an unannounced visit by the agency could have ascertained the truth in the matter.’
      • ‘The news is uncertain, the details clouded and vague, and the truth behind the fact is elusive.’
      • ‘In fact now that he knew the truth about his mother she was the only one that he felt he could trust.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘If facts are checked by many more sources then the truth is likelier to be told.’
      • ‘I looked down at the hand of his I could see and realized he was in fact telling the truth.’
      • ‘It got to the point where I actually managed to convince myself it was the truth.’
      • ‘Madness is full of mischief and when the truth becomes distorted, reality has no meaning.’
      • ‘Whether she was in fact telling the truth is of course an entirely different matter.’
      • ‘As we said at the time, for once both of them were probably actually telling the truth.’
      • ‘Our very civilisation depends on our knowing that we are being told the truth on matters of war and peace.’
      • ‘They cannot deny facts and the truth but of course they will never admit they are wrong.’
      • ‘Whether you actually make a profit or are telling the truth are not the issues here.’
      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. 1.2 A fact or belief that is accepted as true.
      ‘the emergence of scientific truths’
      • ‘The text is concerned, essentially, with establishing truths that can be relied upon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It does, however, go without saying that general principles are by no means universal truths.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is also at least arguable that scientific truths are by their very nature provisional.’
      • ‘While churches differ on some doctrine, there are basic truths upon which we agree.’
      • ‘If we cannot trust such minds to discover truths about the world, how can we accept the verities of science?’
      • ‘There are no shared truths, everything is a personal statement, a point of view, an attitude.’
      • ‘At such a tender age this kid is demonstrating he has already learned the two fundamental truths of life.’
      • ‘We western liberals take it as an article of faith that facts and truths trump everything.’
      • ‘There are some unshakable truths in the world which just cannot be changed.’
      • ‘The programmes gave us a chance to question accepted truths, while allowing us to wallow in a bit of nostalgia.’
      • ‘The timeless truths about life and love are far too matter of fact to make this film worth watching.’
      • ‘Taken at face value it might seem quite a silly idea but in fact it was based on some fundamental 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.’
      • ‘Here is an understanding of how we can move from absolute truths to a confidence in our own uncertain wisdom.’
      • ‘Perhaps in that book I'm trying to make the point that there can be no truths.’
      fact, verity, certainty, certitude
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Phrases

  • in truth

    • Really; in fact.

      ‘in truth, she was more than a little unhappy’
      • ‘Though in truth this was really no great shock as her progress this season has been astronomical.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But in truth, his views now seem to be nearer the 21st century centre ground than ever.’
      • ‘Ann is apparently more sensible but in truth she is just as self-serving.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have to smile at that, because in truth we do have a written constitution, one written in the best way, by history.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This may appear unseemly to some but, in truth, he has never concealed this fact.’
      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 or when expressing an unwelcome or controversial opinion)

      ‘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’
      • ‘When the tests were finished I walked off feeling really happy with myself because, truth to tell, I do feel pretty good these days.’
      • ‘They all have varying degrees of proficiency - although if truth be told, most would probably be classed as being of fairly mediocre quality.’
      • ‘But I don't actually envy her, because truth to tell, I hate weddings.’
      • ‘But, truth to tell, I'm too tired to think about it, or anything else.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, if truth be told, I'm still experimenting.’
      • ‘This is a novel concept for Scotland, and, truth to tell, we are not very good at it.’
      • ‘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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  • the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

    • Used to emphasize the absolute veracity of a statement.

      • ‘Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do you swear the testimony you will give today will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?’
      • ‘Was Randal telling 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.’’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘I'll answer the first comment when it arrives - and I'll answer with the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.’
      • ‘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.’
  • of a truth

    • archaic Certainly.

      ‘of a truth, such things used to happen’
      • ‘Now of a truth, Christ took all the sins of the world upon himself, and of his own will he allowed sorrow of heart for these sins to come upon him, even as if he himself had committed them.’
      • ‘Mr. Coe, of a truth, laid his all over the place, and though they were not of more than handy size-very small boys could set them up in state on very small desks-they had doubtless a great range of number and effect.’
      • ‘Many know, of a truth, that though the current Gross Domestic Product averaging 4.5% per annum is a good omen, more needs to be done.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

truth

/tro͞oTH//truθ/