Truth | Definition of Truth by Merriam-Webster


\ ˈtrüth How to pronounce truth (audio) \
plural truths\ ˈtrüt͟hz How to pronounce truth (audio) , ˈtrüths \

Definition of truth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality
(2) : the state of being the case : fact
(3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality
b : a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true truths of thermodynamics
c : the body of true statements and propositions
2a : the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality
b chiefly British : true sense 2
c : fidelity to an original or to a standard
3a : sincerity in action, character, and utterance
b archaic : fidelity, constancy
4 capitalized, Christian Science : god
in truth
: in accordance with fact : actually


biographical name
\ ˈtrüth How to pronounce Truth (audio) \

Definition of Truth (Entry 2 of 2)

Sojourner circa 1797–1883 American evangelist and reformer

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Synonyms & Antonyms for truth

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of truth in a Sentence

Noun At some point you have to face the simple truth that we failed. Their explanation was simpler but came closer to the truth. The article explains the truth about global warming. A reporter soon discovered the truth. Do you swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Her story contains a grain of truth but also lots of exaggeration.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the truth is that the message the group is advancing is common sense. New York Times, "Business Makes the Case for a Post-Trump Reset," 19 Jan. 2021 While Disney+ has entered the scene as a popular streaming service for a lot of families, the truth is that way more people still subscribe to Netflix. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 30 Best Movies for Kids on Netflix," 18 Jan. 2021 The truth is that this is a misguided, incomplete, and genuinely harmful way of thinking about health, wellness, and healthy eating. Carolyn Kylstra, SELF, "What Is ‘Healthy Eating,’ Anyway?," 18 Jan. 2021 The truth is that these claims have already had a fair hearing in dozens of courts and have been found to be baseless. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Inauguration Day, Trump and impeachment, icy roads," 18 Jan. 2021 The truth is, there’s never been a movie quite like it. Anne Cohen,, "6 Movies That Take You Deeper Into The Vicious World Of Promising Young Woman," 18 Jan. 2021 The truth is, Oregon State’s 80-79 win was far more than Lucas and Thompson, who combined for 35 points. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s 80-79 win over Arizona State is as timely as they come, following a horrific loss and a brutal upcoming schedule," 17 Jan. 2021 The truth is it’s going to be a little chaotic and unclear for a while yet, particularly if you‘re not part of a group that’s currently eligible for vaccination. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Where the vaccine rollout went wrong," 14 Jan. 2021 And the truth is that to non-car guys, the Lancia Delta looks weird, man. Hannah Elliott,, "These Cars Might Be Ugly, But They’re Still a Blast to Drive," 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of truth


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for truth


Middle English trewthe, from Old English trēowth fidelity; akin to Old English trēowe faithful — more at true entry 1

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The first known use of truth was before the 12th century

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27 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

Truth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of truth

: the real facts about something : the things that are true
: the quality or state of being true
: a statement or idea that is true or accepted as true


\ ˈtrüth How to pronounce truth (audio) \
plural truths\ ˈtrüt͟hz \

Kids Definition of truth

1 : the body of real events or facts He'll keep investigating until he finds the truth.
2 : the quality or state of being true There is no truth in what she told you.
3 : a true or accepted statement or idea I learned some hard truths about life.
in truth
: in actual fact : really

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