If your friend tells you she saw a UFO yesterday afternoon, you might be inclined to question the verity, or truthfulness, of her statement. Everyone knows UFOs are only visible at night.

Verity can also be used to mean “a true idea, belief, or statement.” Abstract concepts like love and goodness are often referred to as verities, conveying the idea that they are universal truths. Verity is related to the word verify, meaning “to determine whether something is true." If your friend tells you that UFO story again, you should verify its verity!

Definitions of verity

n conformity to reality or actuality

“he turned to religion in his search for eternal verities
the true, trueness, truth
falseness, falsity
the state of being false or untrue
Type of:
the state of actually existing objectively

n an enduring or necessary ethical or religious or aesthetic truth

Type of:
a fact that has been verified

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