veritable

When something is veritable it is true, or at least feels that way. "The trees and lights turned the campus into a veritable wonderland" means that the campus seemed to be transformed into a true wonderland (if there is such a thing).

Veritable comes from the Latin veritas which means true. But unlike true, it does not describe things like statements. It is often used to enhance the word that follows it. "A veritable cornucopia of food" is a lot of food of different varieties. If someone calls you "a veritable force of nature," they don't mean that you are actually a hurricane; they just mean that you have the unstoppable quality of a big old storm.

Primary Meanings of veritable

1.
adj
not counterfeit or copied
2.
adj
often used as intensifiers
Full Definitions of veritable
1

adj not counterfeit or copied

“photographs taken in a veritable bull ring”
Synonyms:
authentic, bona fide, unquestionable
echt, genuine
not fake or counterfeit
2

adj often used as intensifiers

“he's a veritable swine”
Synonyms:
regular
typical
exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category

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