noun (plural truths /tro͞oT͟Hz, tro͞oTHs/)
- 1The quality or state of being true: he had to accept the truth of her accusationMore example sentences
- Big business acts on a different scale of honesty, morality and truth to we mere mortals.
- It will say that truth and honesty were the basic disciplines of scientists such as Jones.
- My research showed that this stereotype once had some truth but is now no longer true.
- 1.1 (also the truth) That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality: tell me the truth she found out the truth about himMore example sentences
- Madness is full of mischief and when the truth becomes distorted, reality has no meaning.
- They cannot deny facts and the truth but of course they will never admit they are wrong.
- The news is uncertain, the details clouded and vague, and the truth behind the fact is elusive.
- 1.2A fact or belief that is accepted as true: the emergence of scientific truthsMore example sentences
- One of the great accepted truths which shapes our existence is the fact that nothing lasts forever.
- You face truths and facts in personal and professional situations to gain clarity.
- We western liberals take it as an article of faith that facts and truths trump everything.
- Really; in fact: in truth, she was more than a little unhappyMore example sentences
- This may appear unseemly to some but, in truth, he has never concealed this fact.
- Actually, in truth I couldn't remember the names of anyone I'd been at school with.
- The great pity was that it didn't go to a replay, because in truth neither side deserved to lose this one.
of a truth
- • archaic Certainly: of a truth, such things used to happenMore example sentences
- Mr. Coe, of a truth, laid his all over the place, and though they were not of more than handy size-very small boys could set them up in state on very small desks-they had doubtless a great range of number and effect.
- Many know, of a truth, that though the current Gross Domestic Product averaging 4.5% per annum is a good omen, more needs to be done.
- Now of a truth, Christ took all the sins of the world upon himself, and of his own will he allowed sorrow of heart for these sins to come upon him, even as if he himself had committed them.
to tell (you) the truth (or truth to tell or if truth be told)
- To be frank (used especially when making an admission or when expressing an unwelcome or controversial opinion): I think, if truth be told, we were all a little afraid of him to tell you the truth, I’ve never met the guysMore example sentences
- But I don't actually envy her, because truth to tell, I hate weddings.
- Will said with a slight smile in his voice, ‘That realisation has been a long time coming, in fact you've been a bit slow on the uptake if truth be told.’
- They clapped, they beamed, they leapt to their feet to welcome a speech that, truth to tell, was more a statement of intent than a programme for government.
the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth
- Used to emphasize the absolute veracity of a statement.[part of a statement sworn by witnesses in court]More example sentences
- He was to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in all statements to the police and in court, and was subject to prosecution for perjury and public mischief if he failed to do so.
- It means that a person, called to court to give evidence, stands up in public, takes a bible in his or her hand, and states aloud, ‘I swear by almighty God to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.’
- As John stated, ‘We knew that this guy was not telling us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.’