Definition of truth in English:
noun (plural truths /truːðz, truːθs/)[mass noun]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
This comes from the same root as true and also originally suggested qualities of faithfulness and loyalty. Lord Byron was the first to popularize truth is stranger than fiction, in his poem Don Juan in 1823. The first verifiable instance of truth is the first casualty of war is an epigraph by the British politician Arthur Ponsonby in 1918: ‘When war is declared, Truth is the first casualty.’ One of the adages of the Dutch humanist and scholar Erasmus ( c.1466–1536), writing in Latin, was in vino veritas, translated as there is truth in wine, and this English version has continued in use, though the Latin form is probably more familiar. The idea itself goes back to Greek, and is attributed to the poet Alcaeus of the 6th century bc. See also plight
- 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.
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 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]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.’
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