truth

Definitions

  • TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION
    TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n truth the quality of being near to the true value "he was beginning to doubt the accuracy of his compass","the lawyer questioned the truth of my account"
    • n truth a fact that has been verified "at last he knew the truth","the truth is that he didn't want to do it"
    • n truth a true statement "he told the truth","he thought of answering with the truth but he knew they wouldn't believe it"
    • n Truth United States abolitionist and feminist who was freed from slavery and became a leading advocate of the abolition of slavery and for the rights of women (1797-1883)
    • n truth 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","he turned to religion in his search for eternal verities"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a resort town in New Mexico called "Truth or Consequences."
    • Truth A true thing; a verified fact; a true statement or proposition; an established principle, fixed law, or the like; as, the great truths of morals. "Even so our boasting . . . is found a truth ."
    • Truth Conformity to rule; exactness; close correspondence with an example, mood, object of imitation, or the like.
    • Truth Fidelity; constancy; steadfastness; faithfulness.
    • Truth Righteousness; true religion. "Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.""Sanctify them through thy truth ; thy word is truth .""He that doeth truth cometh to the light."
    • Truth That which is true or certain concerning any matter or subject, or generally on all subjects; real state of things; fact; verity; reality. "Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor.""I long to know the truth here of at large.""The truth depends on, or is only arrived at by, a legitimate deduction from all the facts which are truly material."
    • Truth The practice of speaking what is true; freedom from falsehood; veracity.
    • Truth The quality or being true; as: Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been; or shall be.
    • v. t Truth To assert as true; to declare. "Had they [the ancients] dreamt this, they would have truthed it heaven."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n truth The state or character of being true; trueness. Conformity of thought with fact; conformity of a judgment, statement, or belief with the reality; exact correspondence of subjective and objective relations.
    • n truth The state of being made true or exact; exact conformity to a model, rule, or plan; accuracy of adjustment; exact adaptation.
    • n truth In the fine arts, the proper and correct representation of any object in nature, or of whatever subject may be under treatment; specifically, in architecture, avoidance of deceits in construction or decoration, as of non-concordance of apparent and real structure, or of imitation of stone or marble in paint or plaster.
    • n truth Habitual disposition to speak only what is true; veracity; purity from falsehood; truthfulness; sincerity; uprightness; honesty: as, a man of truth.
    • n truth Disposition to be faithful; fidelity; constancy.
    • n truth The state of not being counterfeited or adulterated; genuineness; purity.
    • n truth That which is true. Fact; reality; verity: as, a lover of truth: often personified.
    • n truth A verified fact; a true statement or proposition; an established principle, fixed law, or the like.
    • n truth That which is righteous or in accordance with the divine standard.
    • n truth Faith pledged; pledge; troth. See troth.
    • n truth Synonyms See reality.
    • truth To affirm or declare truthfully.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Truth trōōth that which is true or according to the facts of the case: agreement with reality: true state of things, or facts: practice of speaking or disposition to speak the truth: fidelity: genuineness: righteous conduct: a true statement: an established principle: in the fine arts, a faithful adherence to nature
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Quotations

  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “We are free to yield to truth.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “Time discovered truth.”
  • Pearl Bailey
    Pearl Bailey
    “You never find yourself until you face the truth.”
  • Hosea Ballou
    Hosea%20Ballou
    “Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon%20Bonaparte
    “Truth alone wounds.”

Idioms

Economical with the truth - (UK) If someone, especially a politician, is economical with the truth, they leave out information in order to create a false picture of a situation, without actually lying.
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Honest truth - If someone claims that something is the honest truth, they wish to sound extra-sincere about something.
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Truth will out - Truth will out means that, given time, the facts of a case will emerge no matter how people might try to conceal them.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. treuthe, trouthe, treowpe, AS. treów,. See True; cf. Troth Betroth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. treówthutreówe, true.

Usage

In literature:

In each, the witness comes under an engagement to speak the truth.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
I must try and find out the truth, the whole truth!
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Their truth was the truth of heaven, not the truth of earth.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
And, after all, the girl's jealousy had some foundation in truth.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
The devil suggests such things to you and blinds you to the truth, my child.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
In very truth he believes her to be perfect.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Once more I speak to thee: tell me the truth!
"Saronia" by Richard Short
But this is not a necessary truth, neither is it a universal truth.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
But the truth was that there was nothing for him to demonstrate.
"Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite" by Anthony Trollope
Truth, dear, upon my soul.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
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In poetry:

I asked for Truth—
My doubts came in,
And with their din
They wearied all my youth.
"Requests" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
Women, children came--
Men from age to youth,
Gave their evil guest
Bloody feast in truth!
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
Glory, glory Hallelujah!
Glory, glory Hallelujah!
Glory, glory Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.
"Battle Hymn of the Republic" by Julia Ward Howe
But this one Thou hast given
Seems not for earth--or me!
His lips flame truth from heaven,
And vanity
"Mary At Nazareth" by Cale Young Rice
Give me to sing of Youth,
Of Hope, of Joy, of Beauty;
Give me to sing of Truth,
Of loyal Love, of Duty.
"Impromptu" by Frances Anne Kemble
When people tell me they have loved
But once in youth,
I wonder, are they always moved
To speak the truth?
"A Lover's Confession" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

What makes The Onion America's best fake news source is that its pieces often contain mountains of truth despite being totally made up.
The Truth Behind the Coconut Water Hype.
Soon after we found out the truth, one dead, and 9 wounded.
'Bald-Faced Truth' with John Canzano: Columbian 's Blazers beat writer Matt Calkins (audio).
With funding and program cuts, Washington is crippling the truth-telling Voice of America broadcasts in China.
The truth about the Cubs and Sox.
The Truth On the Ground.
On one side is Superman, defender of truth, justice, and the American way.
Several Cobb County football programs found the truth in that Friday as some unheralded players came through when it mattered.
Truth and conveniences in energy tax.
Some plans want to hide the truth from taxpayers.
Truth and Consequences by Alison Lurie Viking, 232 pp.
Ex-CIA counterterror chief says Pelosi 'reinventing the truth' about waterboarding.
Olbermann: Clinton spoke the truth.
And now we know the ugly truth about Paterno: He was a coward of the very worst kind.
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In science:

So we hafe truth values t(1), t(2) such that t ∈ Jℓ & γ < δ ⇒ C |= ϕ[¯at , ¯b, ¯cγ ]t(ℓ) .
Classification theory for theories with NIP - a modest beginning
Obviously p ∈ g , so M [g ] |= χ(p, ˙rgen/g ) and since M [g ] is correct about pro jective truth, χ(p, ˙rgen/g ) holds.
Countable Support Iteration Revisited
Numerical evidence supports the truth of the conjecture.
On Convergence of Moments for Random Young Tableaux and a Random Growth Model
Notes on the mathematical aspects of Kripke’s theory of truth.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
So we have |ψ(v0 , t)| < t, which, together with (3), shows that, if T ⊢ ψ(n, t), then ψ(v0 , t) is actually a formula witnessing the truth of ϕ(n, t).
Boolos-style proofs of limitative theorems
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