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These nouns refer to the quality of being in accord with fact or reality. Truth is a comprehensive term that in all of its nuances implies accuracy and honesty: "We seek the truth, and will endure the consequences" (Charles Seymour).
Veracity is adherence to the truth: "Veracity is the heart of morality" (Thomas H. Huxley).
Verity often applies to an enduring or repeatedly demonstrated truth: "beliefs that were accepted as eternal verities" (James Harvey Robinson).
Verisimilitude is the quality of having the appearance of truth or reality: "merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative" (W.S. Gilbert).
n., pl. truths (tro̅o̅tz, tro̅o̅ths).
- All the durable truths that have come into the world within historic times have been opposed as bitterly as if they were so many waves of smallpox —H. L. Mencken
- As with the pursuit of happiness, the pursuit of truth is itself gratifying whereas the consummation often turns out to be elusive —Richard Hofstadter
- Honest as the skin between his brows —William Shakespeare
- Plain truths, like plain dishes, are commended by everybody, and everybody leaves them whole —Walter Savage Landor
- Pure truth, like pure gold, has been found unfit for circulation, because men have discovered that it is far more convenient to adulterate the truth than to refine themselves —Charles Caleb Colton
- Random truths are all I find stuck like burrs about my mind —Phyllis McGinley
- Rich honesty dwells like a miser … in a poor house; as your pearl in your foul oyster —William Shakespeare
- Speaking the truth is like writing well, and only comes with practice —John Ruskin
This has been modernized from “The truth is like writing”
- Truth … drag it out and beat it like a carpet —Hortense Calisher
- Truth is a cow which will yield such people no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull —Samuel Johnson
- Truth is as difficult to lay hold on as air —Walter Savage Landor
See Also: ELUSIVENESS
- Truth is as old as God —Emily Dickinson
- The truth is cold, as a giant’s knee will seem cold —John Ashbery
- Truth is impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam —John Milton
- Truth … is not a thing to be thrown about loosely, like small change; it is something to be cherished and hoarded and disbursed only when absolutely necessary —H. L. Mencken
- The truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch … you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
- The truth kept wandering in and out of her mind like a lost child, never pausing long enough to be identified —Margaret Millar
- Truth, like a bird, is ever poised for flight at man’s approach —Jean Brown
- Truth, like a gentle shower, soaks through the ears and moistens the intellect —Anon
- Truth, like a point or line, requires an acuteness and intention to its discovery —Joseph Glanville
- Truth, like a suit of armor, stubbornly resists all attempts to penetrate it —Robert Traver
In his novel, People Versus Kirk, Traver continues the simile with “… while the lie, under probing, almost invariably reveals some chinks and cracks.”
- Truth is like a torch, the more it is shook, the more it shines —Sir William Hamilton
Modernized from “The more ’tis shook, it shines.”
- Truth, like gold, is not less so for being newly brought out of the mine —John Locke
- Truth, like light, blinds —Albert Camus
Camus prefaces his simile from The Fall as follows: “Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar than into the man who tells the truth.”
- Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities, calms men; in larger, heats and irritates them, and is attended by fatal consequences in its excess —Walter Savage Landor
- Truth’s like a fire, and will burn through and be seen —Maxwell Anderson
- A truth’s prosperity is like a jest’s; it lies in the ear of him that hears it —Samuel Butler
- The way of truth is like a great highway. It is not hard to find —Mencius
|Noun||1.||truth - a fact that has been verified; "at last he knew the truth"; "the truth is that he didn't want to do it"|
fact - a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred; "first you must collect all the facts of the case"
home truth - an important truth that is unpleasant to acknowledge (as about yourself)
verity - an enduring or necessary ethical or religious or aesthetic truth
|2.||truth - conformity to reality or actuality; "they debated the truth of the proposition"; "the situation brought home to us the blunt truth of the military threat"; "he was famous for the truth of his portraits"; "he turned to religion in his search for eternal verities"|
actuality - the state of actually existing objectively; "a hope that progressed from possibility to actuality"
|3.||truth - a true statement; "he told the truth"; "he thought of answering with the truth but he knew they wouldn't believe it"|
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
tautology - (logic) a statement that is necessarily true; "the statement `he is brave or he is not brave' is a tautology"
truism - an obvious truth
|4.||truth - the quality of being near to the true value; "he was beginning to doubt the accuracy of his compass"; "the lawyer questioned the truth of my account"|
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
exactitude, exactness - the quality of being exact; "he demanded exactness in all details"; "a man of great exactitude"
fidelity - accuracy with which an electronic system reproduces the sound or image of its input signal
|5.||Truth - United States abolitionist and feminist who was freed from slavery and became a leading advocate of the abolition of slavery and for the rights of women (1797-1883)|
reality unreality, lie, legend, fiction, myth, invention, delusion, fabrication, make-believe, falsehood, untruth, old wives' tale
truthfulness error, inaccuracy, falsity
honesty deception, deceit, dishonesty
"Truth sits upon the lips of dying men" [Matthew Arnold Sohrab and Rustum]
"Beauty and Truth, though never found, are worthy to be sought" [Robert Williams Buchanan To David in Heaven]
"`Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' - that is all"
"Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know"
"That is all" [John Keats Ode on a Grecian Urn]
"What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer" [Francis Bacon Essays]
"Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not believed" [William Blake Proverbs of Hell]
"Truth never hurts the teller" [Robert Browning Fifine at the Fair]
"Truth is within ourselves" [Robert Browning Paracelsus]
"'Tis strange - but true; for truth is always strange;"
"Stranger than fiction" [Lord Byron Don Juan]
"I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect" [Jiddu Krishnamurti speech]
"It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions" [T.H. Huxley Science and Culture]
"The first casualty when war comes is truth" [Philander Chase Johnson Shooting Stars]
"There was things that he stretched, but mainly he told the truth" [Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn]
"The truth is rarely pure, and never simple" [Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest]
"The truth is a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, for the truth" [Alfred Adler The Problem of Neurosis]
"The truth which makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear" [Herbert Agar A Time for Greatness]
"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth" [Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Sign of Four]
"The truth shall make you free" Bible: St. John
"When you want to fool the world, tell the truth" [Otto von Bismarck]
"It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar" [Jerome K. Jerome]
"Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors" [T.H. Huxley Science and Culture and Other Essays]
"Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few" [Bishop George Berkeley Siris]
"Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense" [Henry St. John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke Reflections upon Exile]
"There is truth in wine (in vino veritas)"
truth[truːθ] (truths (pl)) [truːðz]
there is some truth in this → hay una parte de verdad en esto
in truth → en verdad, a la verdad
the plain truth → la pura verdad, la verdad lisa y llana
the whole truth → toda la verdad
to tell the truth → decir la verdad
to tell (you) the truth; truth to tell → a decir verdad
the truth of the matter is that → si te digo la verdad or la verdad es que ...
the truth hurts → las verdades duelen
truth will out → no hay mentira que no salga
truth is stranger than fiction → la realidad sobrepasa a la ficción
see also home
truth[ˈtruːθ] [truths] [ˈtruːðz] (pl) n
I want you to tell me the truth → Je veux que tu me dises la vérité.
No one knows the whole truth → Personne ne connaît toute la vérité.
to tell you the truth (= to be honest) → à vrai dire
There is an element of truth in it → Il y a une part de vérité là-dedans.
There is no truth in the story → Il n'y a rien de vrai dans l'histoire.
truth[truːθ] n → verità f inv
to tell the truth → dire la verità
to tell (you) the truth, truth to tell → a dire il vero or la verità
the truth of the matter is that ... → la verità è che...
the truth hurts → la verità fa male
there is some truth in what he says → c'è del vero in ciò che dice
there isn't a word of truth in it → non c'è nulla di vero
truth will out → la verità viene sempre a galla