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
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n 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
Antonyms:
falsehood, falsity, untruth
a false statement
Types:
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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

n a fact that has been verified

“at last he knew the truth
“the truth is that he didn't want to do it”
Types:
home truth
an important truth that is unpleasant to acknowledge (as about yourself)
verity
an enduring or necessary ethical or religious or aesthetic truth
Type of:
fact
a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred

n 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
Antonyms:
falseness, falsity
the state of being false or untrue
Type of:
actuality
the state of actually existing objectively

n the quality of being near to the true value

“the lawyer questioned the truth of my account”
Synonyms:
accuracy
Antonyms:
inaccuracy
the quality of being inaccurate and having errors
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exactitude, exactness
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
Type of:
quality
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

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