truth

Truth is something that squares with reality. When you are sworn in to give testimony in a U.S. court of law, you promise to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."

When you're cutting to the heart of something, you might start a statement with, "The truth of the matter is..." or "To tell the truth..." When you hear these introductory phrases containing truth, reality is supposed to follow. The American comedian Stephen Colbert coined the term truthiness as a satirical poke at politicians and pundits whose claims often have no basis in reality. Truthiness is what you wish were truth — unconstrained by fact or logic.

Definitions of truth
  1. noun
    a true statement
    “he told the truth
    “he thought of answering with the truth but he knew they wouldn't believe it”
    synonyms: true statement
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    Antonyms:
    falsehood, falsity, untruth
    a false statement
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    gospel, gospel truth
    an unquestionable truth
    tautology
    (logic) a statement that is necessarily true
    truism
    an obvious truth
    banality, bromide, cliche, commonplace, platitude
    a trite or obvious remark
    type of:
    statement
    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
  2. noun
    a fact that has been verified
    “at last he knew the truth
    “the truth is that he didn't want to do it”
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    home truth
    an important truth that is unpleasant to acknowledge (as about yourself)
    verity
    an enduring or necessary ethical or religious or aesthetic truth
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    fact
    a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred
  3. noun
    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”
    synonyms: the true, trueness, verity
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    falseness, falsity
    the state of being false or untrue
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    actuality
    the state of actually existing objectively
  4. noun
    the quality of being near to the true value
    “the lawyer questioned the truth of my account”
    synonyms: accuracy
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    inaccuracy
    the quality of being inaccurate and having errors
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    exactitude, exactness, precision
    the quality of being exact
    fidelity
    accuracy with which an electronic system reproduces the sound or image of its input signal
    minuteness
    great precision; painstaking attention to details
    preciseness, precision
    the quality of being reproducible in amount or performance
    trueness
    exactness of adjustment
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    quality
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
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