What does truth mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. truthnoun

    a fact that has been verified

    "at last he knew the truth"; "the truth is that he didn't want to do it"

  2. truth, the true, verity, truenessnoun

    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"

  3. truth, true statementnoun

    a true statement

    "he told the truth"; "he thought of answering with the truth but he knew they wouldn't believe it"

  4. accuracy, truthnoun

    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"

  5. Truth, Sojourner Truthnoun

    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)


  1. truthnoun

    The state or quality of being true to someone or something

    Truth to one's own feelings is all-important in life.

  2. truthnoun

    faithfulness, fidelity.

  3. truthnoun

    A pledge of loyalty or faith.

  4. truthnoun

    Conformity to fact or reality; correctness, accuracy.

    There was some truth in his statement that he had no other choice.

  5. truthnoun

    True facts, genuine depiction or statements of reality.

    The truth is that our leaders knew a lot more than they were letting on.

  6. truthnoun

    That which is real, in a deeper sense; spiritual or 'genuine' reality.

  7. truthnoun

    Something acknowledged to be true; a true statement or axiom.

    Hunger and jealousy are just eternal truths of human existence.

  8. truthnoun

    A now-outdated term for topness. (See also truth quark.)

  9. truthverb

    To assert as true; to declare.

    Had they [the ancients] dreamt this, they would have truthed it heaven. uE00096584uE001 Ford.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TRUTHnoun

    Etymology: treowða , Saxon.

    Truth is the joining or separating of signs, as the things signified agree or disagree. John Locke.

    That men are pubescent at the year of twice seven is accounted a punctual truth. Brown.

    Persuasive words, impregn’d
    With reason to her seeming and with truth. John Milton.

    This clue leads them through the mizmaze of opinions and authors to truth and certainty. John Locke.

    Shall truth fail to keep her word? John Milton.

    And lend a lie the confidence of truth. Anonymous.

    So young and so untender?
    ———— So young, my lord, and true.
    ———— Let it be so, thy truth then be thy dower. William Shakespeare.

    The thoughts of past pleasure and truth,
    The best of all blessings below. Song.

    The money I tender for him in the court;
    If this will not suffice, it must appear
    That malice bears down truth. William Shakespeare.

    She said, truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall. Matth. xv. 27.

    Ploughs to go true depend much upon the truth of the iron work. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    In truth, what should any prayer, framed to the minister’s hand, require, but only so to be read as behoveth. Richard Hooker.

    Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations. 2 Kings xix. 17.


  1. Truth

    Truth is the property of being in accord with fact or reality. In everyday language, truth is typically ascribed to things that aim to represent reality or otherwise correspond to it, such as beliefs, propositions, and declarative sentences.Truth is usually held to be the opposite of falsehood. The concept of truth is discussed and debated in various contexts, including philosophy, art, theology, and science. Most human activities depend upon the concept, where its nature as a concept is assumed rather than being a subject of discussion; these include most of the sciences, law, journalism, and everyday life. Some philosophers view the concept of truth as basic, and unable to be explained in any terms that are more easily understood than the concept of truth itself. Most commonly, truth is viewed as the correspondence of language or thought to a mind-independent world. This is called the correspondence theory of truth. Various theories and views of truth continue to be debated among scholars, philosophers, and theologians. There are many different questions about the nature of truth which are still the subject of contemporary debates, such as: How do we define truth? Is it even possible to give an informative definition of truth? What things are truthbearers and are therefore capable of being true or false? Are truth and falsehood bivalent, or are there other truth values? What are the criteria of truth that allow us to identify it and to distinguish it from falsehood? What role does truth play in constituting knowledge? And is truth always absolute, or can it be relative to one's perspective?


  1. truth

    Truth is the correspondence or agreement between a statement, belief, or proposition and objective reality. It refers to a state in which something is factual, accurate, or in accordance with the facts or reality as it actually exists.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Truthnoun

    the quality or being true; as: -- (a) Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been; or shall be

  2. Truthnoun

    conformity to rule; exactness; close correspondence with an example, mood, object of imitation, or the like

  3. Truthnoun

    fidelity; constancy; steadfastness; faithfulness

  4. Truthnoun

    the practice of speaking what is true; freedom from falsehood; veracity

  5. Truthnoun

    that which is true or certain concerning any matter or subject, or generally on all subjects; real state of things; fact; verity; reality

  6. Truthnoun

    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

  7. Truthnoun

    righteousness; true religion

  8. Truthverb

    to assert as true; to declare


  1. Truth

    Truth is most often used to mean in accord with fact or reality, or fidelity to an original or to a standard or ideal. The opposite of truth is falsehood, which, correspondingly, can also take on a logical, factual, or ethical meaning. The concept of truth is discussed and debated in several contexts, including philosophy and religion. Many human activities depend upon the concept, which is assumed rather than a subject of discussion, including science, law, and everyday life. Various theories and views of truth continue to be debated among scholars and philosophers. Language and words are a means by which humans convey information to one another and the method used to recognize a "truth" is termed a criterion of truth. There are differing claims on such questions as what constitutes truth: what things are truthbearers capable of being true or false; how to define and identify truth; the roles that revealed and acquired knowledge play; and whether truth is subjective or objective, relative or absolute. Many religions consider perfect knowledge of all truth about all things to be an attribute of a divine or supernatural being.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Truth

    trōōth, n. 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.—adj. Truth′ful, full of truth: according to, or adhering to, truth: reliable.—adv. Truth′fully.—ns. Truth′fulness; Truth′iness.—adj. Truth′less.—ns. Truth′lessness; Truth′-lov′er; Truth′-tell′er, one who speaks the truth.—adjs. Truth′-writ, truthfully written; Truth′y, truthful.—God's truth, a thing or statement absolutely true; In truth, truly, in fact; Of a truth (B.), truly. [A.S. treówthutreówe, true.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. truth

    1. A universal error. 2. A relation between one illusion (the outer world) and another (the inner world). 3. A prejudice raised to an axiom. 4. Something that a few will die for. 5. That which serves us best in expressing our lives. (A rotting log is truth to a bed of violets; while sand is truth to a cactus.) 6. Anything which happened, might have happened, or which will possibly happen. 7. The opinion that still survives. 8. An imaginary line dividing error into two parts.

Editors Contribution

  1. truthverb

    Every word from the 'Most High'"Elohim" in the Sacred Scriptures*. The real utterance told at hand. [Proof] (Clear Light) Accurate information, Good intentions, and chosen dome (Freedom). Pain and Gain is experience (-,+=×).

    The truth shall come to the light.

    Etymology: Honor

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on February 8, 2024  

  2. truth

    The action and knowing of being true to our soul and soul agreement.

    We are human beings who are evolving and the truth of who we are is a vital element of our soul.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

  3. truth

    The quality of being true.

    The truth is so easy to see, they also verified it to be so.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  

  4. truth

    Verified data or fact.

    Truth is vital in life, we must speak it respectfully.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  

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  1. Truth

    A daughter of Time, because Truth is discovered in the course of Time. Democritus says that Truth lies hidden at the bottom of a well.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'truth' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1254

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'truth' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1411

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'truth' in Nouns Frequency: #546

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of truth in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of truth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of truth in a Sentence

  1. President Biden:

    Democracy thrives when the infrastructure of democracy is strong. When people have the right to vote, freely and fairly and conveniently, when a free and independent press pursues the truth, founded on facts, not propaganda, when the rule of law applies equally and fairly to every citizen regardless of where they come from or what they look like.

  2. Andrzej Duda:

    I am sorry that Mr. President Lech Walesa was not able at the right time to bring himself to make a gesture to Poles ... Just speak out and tell the truth.

  3. RJ Intindola:

    Our moral code is constantly evolving; it’s impacted by the betrayers, masters of deceit, and the pseudo-truth tellers among us, even those we love.

  4. Charles Dickens, Bleak House:

    It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.

  5. Thomas Jefferson:

    Man is fed with fables through life, and leaves it in the belief he knows something of what has been passing, when in truth he has known nothing but what has passed under his own eye.

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