Definition of truthful in English:



  • 1(of a person or statement) telling or expressing the truth; honest.

    ‘I think you're confusing being rude with being truthful’
    ‘I want a truthful answer’
    • ‘For a transaction of this magnitude to be successful, all parties involved must be honest, sincere and truthful to one another.’
    • ‘The biggest problem with these test sheets is obtaining truthful and honest answers.’
    • ‘She instructed students to be precise and truthful in their answers.’
    • ‘These sentiments in my mind prohibited me from being honest and truthful to my friends.’
    • ‘Sometimes the most honest and truthful communication is the most simple.’
    • ‘Cynthia is a BEAUTIFUL woman, a truthful, honest woman.’
    • ‘She will never accept an answer so truthful and honest and good.’
    • ‘Not only must I be truthful - honest - in my replies, I must also consider their ramifications.’
    • ‘Therefore, let me say to you, remember what our parents and our ancestors used to say: be truthful, be honest.’
    • ‘You're smart and truthful and honest and modest.’
    • ‘However, I would like to urge those who hold excess land to be honest and truthful in pricing such land when it is to be acquired for resettlement purposes.’
    • ‘Throughout my political life I have always endeavoured to be honest, truthful and, above all, to maintain my integrity.’
    • ‘‘Everything I brought to council was truthful and honest… I rest my case,’ she said defiantly.’
    • ‘I challenge the council to walk round the borough with me and give a truthful answer to my letter.’
    • ‘He will discover that all matters are dealt with in an honest, open and truthful way.’
    • ‘I thought I was going crazy in trying to find some honest, truthful answers to my concerns.’
    • ‘Unfortunately these two characters are unable to take it any further, they can't be intimate or truthful or completely honest and open about their lives.’
    • ‘If someone writes in an honest truthful voice, people are drawn to it like the proverbial bees to honey.’
    • ‘The important thing for me, though, is that I live a truthful and an honest life from this point on.’
    • ‘In short, there was confidence in the leader, because he was exemplary, honest and truthful.’
    honest, sincere, trustworthy, genuine, meaning what one says
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    1. 1.1(of artistic or literary representation) characterized by accuracy or realism; true to life.
      ‘astonishingly truthful acting’
      • ‘While that may be a truthful representation of the area, the movie hinges on the idea of the state having some kind of magic that transforms you.’
      • ‘Socialist realism demands from the artist the truthful, historically concrete depiction of reality in its revolutionary development.’
      • ‘We are providing more of a truthful, accurate version.’
      • ‘There are truthful and honest moments in this film.’
      • ‘People don't go to this kind of movie expecting accurately detailed, historically and truthful representations of real people recreating true incidents.’
      • ‘My interpretation of it was as a call to arms to get back to some basics: truthful storytelling, great acting and letting people get on with it.’
      • ‘No matter how truthful the representation, it is hard to imagine that the murderer was as totally unhinged as he is portrayed.’
      • ‘Contemporary film-makers do not want to be aligned with this naïve notion, but it has been central to the documentary being perceived as a more truthful or accurate account of events.’
      • ‘A realistic portrayal of a back-street abortion would have been more artistically truthful and in the process made the case for legalising it.’
      • ‘In reporting war, there is no single truthful representation of events.’
      • ‘The writing is very good indeed; and the cast responds with some powerful, moving, upsetting, sometimes funny but always bitterly truthful acting.’
      • ‘What I wanted to do was create a film that was honest and truthful about growing up in that part of England.’
      • ‘My Town is pointed in its truthful and artistically rendered depiction of an abandoned people.’
      • ‘‘Trying to imitate somebody and still do truthful spontaneous acting at the same time is an incredible task,’ he says.’
      • ‘Dublin audiences often found in the Ulster theater's performances a more truthful representation of Irish life than in the Abbey Theatre plays.’
      • ‘The novel is both a stand-alone work of fiction, and a truthful representation of the perspective of a woman who lived through some of the great events of the 20th century.’
      true, accurate, correct, true to life, factual, in accordance with the facts, right, exact, faithful, reliable, veracious, verifiable
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