Definition of truth in English:

truth

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Pronunciation: /truːθ
 
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noun (plural truths /truːðz, truːθs/)

[mass noun]

Phrases

in truth

Really; in fact: in truth, she was more than a little unhappy
More 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.
Synonyms

to tell (you) the truth

(or truth to tell or if truth be told)
To be frank (used especially when making an admission): I think, if truth be told, we were all a little afraid of him to tell you the truth, I’ve never met the guys
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  • 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.’

Origin

Old English trīewth, trēowth 'faithfulness, constancy' (see true, -th2).

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