Definition of veritable in English:



  • attributive Used for emphasis, often to qualify a metaphor.

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