moment of truth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n moment of truth a crucial moment on which much depends
    • n moment of truth the moment in a bullfight when the matador kills the bull
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Quotations

  • Charles Muses
    Charles Muses
    “It is the moment of evolutionary truth for the race, and what man does with that moment will be more important than the events of the previous millenium.”
  • James Russell Lowell
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    “Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide; In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side.”
  • Michel Foucault
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    “Madness is the absolute break with the work of art; it forms the constitutive moment of abolition, which dissolves in time the truth of the work of art.”

Usage

In literature:

At the very moment the young warrior was beginning to suspect the truth about the youth's illness, the faint report of a rifle came to his ears.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
There were sober moments, too, when he thought of his mother and Mr. Kirby and wished he had told them the truth.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
The truth is that they are not quite the same reasons, since they are not those of the same person, nor of the same moment.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
I have often experienced the truth of this, and never more than at the present moment.
"The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura" by Lucius Apuleius
She maintained, he says, to her dying moment, the truth of her Voices.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
Not for a moment did she question the truth of his story or seek to prove it.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
In truth, she, too, was thinking of the moment when she had believed him to be the King.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
The moment I heard she had bank-notes I had a very strong suspicion of the truth.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
And we have illustrations of the same truth in our Scottish metropolis at the present moment, that seem in no degree less striking.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
For a moment he puzzled over the strangeness of the unnatural island; then suddenly he realized the truth.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
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In poetry:

The moment when he realised
Her girlhood done—
The truth her glass had long revealed
Of beauty gone.
"The Selector’s Wife" by Mary Eliza Fullerton
In that moment of despair
Was revealed. But who may tell
How the Omnipotent declares
His truth that all is well?
"The Mysteries Of Eleusis" by Annie Adams Fields
Julian.
Not thou, but I am guilty, Lilia.
I made it possible to tempt thee, child.
Thou didst not fall, my love; only, one moment,
Beauty was queen, and Truth not lord of all.
"Within and Without: Part V: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
One has good reason to award the earth
The dog-like dumb devotion of the eyes;
Death, love, dishonour are predicted there,
Her arbitrary moments are the truth;
No, he was not the father of his fate;
The power of decision lay with things.
"Kairos and Logos" by W H Auden

In news:

It's 'the moment of truth ' on redistricting.
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Greece's Moment of Truth .
From the desk of Pollsters' moment of truth .
Tehran's moment of truth .
The Zero Moment of Truth in marketing for remodelers.
In other news Friday, the government of Greece faced a moment of truth .
Op-Ed: Roundabout – a moment of truth for the MVC.
Boehner's Moment of Truth .
GOP Moment of Truth .
John Boehner's moment of truth .
Both sides must offer fiscal concessions in this moment of truth if national peril is to be averted.
Moment of truth on QB class.
The Moment of Truth .
HR's Moment of Truth .
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In science:

In addition, by not seeking out some specific truth assignment, as algorithms do, the second moment method gives some first glimpses of the “geometry” of the set of solutions.
Random k-SAT: Two Moments Suffice to Cross a Sharp Threshold
The semantics of FML is given by the |= relation that gives the truth value of a formula in a model M at a particular moment in time i and with respect to a variable assignment.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
This means there is no Moment of Truth, if the Goldbach’s conjecture is true, at which the Master attained that knowledge.
Zeno meets modern science
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