Definition of veritable in US English:

veritable

adjective

  • attributive Used as an intensifier, often to qualify a metaphor.

    ‘the early 1970s witnessed a veritable price explosion’
    • ‘At the prisoner of war camp at Springvale there is a certain Captain Waterston who is a veritable Nero.’
    • ‘She knew all too well that the man with the bigger reach strives to avoid fighting in close like a veritable plague.’
    • ‘What with ripened berries, snails, slugs and insects, there was a veritable feast on offer.’
    • ‘Anyone walking through the doors of the company premises should prepare themselves for a veritable banquet of glass.’
    • ‘The older generation is played by a veritable Spotlight casting directory of well-loved performers.’
    • ‘I have a number of those guidelines and one could literally drive the veritable bus through any of them.’
    • ‘Women's presence in civil and political society is a veritable moral reproach.’
    • ‘Then I plonked everything onto plates and served this veritable feast.’
    • ‘Culture or romance, history or fun on a budget - Rome is a veritable antipasto platter of weekend choices.’
    • ‘I was speaking with a veritable banshee of a woman: red-headed, a writer and a boxer.’
    • ‘Then there is the little library which is a veritable treasure trove on Kangra's rich heritage.’
    • ‘Then there is the minimum wage, the assault on child poverty and a veritable revolution in constitutional affairs.’
    • ‘Critics, especially the press, both local and foreign, have descended like veritable vultures.’
    • ‘The road outside the jail was turned into a veritable fortress since last night with both ends barricaded.’
    • ‘The soft acid rain that has fallen this summer has the countryside a veritable patchwork quilt of colour.’
    • ‘The school going children can expect a veritable literary blitz to descend on their schools.’
    • ‘With Horace the body of criticism is a veritable totem pole whose foundation goes back to ancient times.’
    • ‘Errors of judgment seem inspired, and the few shards of true inspiration sound like veritable masterpieces.’
    • ‘Happily, the next decade will see a veritable slew of well-qualified candidates.’
    • ‘This contains a veritable outpouring of medieval art; frescoes cover most of the interior walls and porch.’
    true, accurate, correct, errorless, unerring, exact, precise, factual, literal, realistic, authentic, faithful, close, strict, just, unelaborated, unvarnished
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from verite ‘truth’ (see verity). Early senses included ‘true’ and ‘speaking the truth’, later ‘genuine, actual’.

Pronunciation

veritable

/ˈvərədəb(ə)l//ˈvərədəb(ə)l/