Truth n.; pl. Truths
1. The quality or being true; as: -- (a) Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been; or shall be.
(b) Conformity to rule; exactness; close correspondence with an example, mood, object of imitation, or the like.
Plows, to go true, depend much on the truth of the ironwork. --Mortimer.
(c) Fidelity; constancy; steadfastness; faithfulness.
Alas! they had been friends in youth,
But whispering tongues can poison truth. --Coleridge.
(d) The practice of speaking what is true; freedom from falsehood; veracity.
If this will not suffice, it must appear
That malice bears down truth. --Shak.
2. 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. --Zech. viii. 16.
I long to know the truth here of at large. --Shak.
The truth depends on, or is only arrived at by, a legitimate deduction from all the facts which are truly material. --Coleridge.
3. 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. --2 Cor. vii. 14.
4. Righteousness; true religion.
Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. --John i. 17.
Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. --John xvii. 17.
In truth, in reality; in fact.
Of a truth, in reality; certainly.
To do truth, to practice what God commands.
He that doeth truth cometh to the light. --John iii. 21.
Truth, v. t. To assert as true; to declare. [R.]
Had they [the ancients] dreamt this, they would have truthed it heaven. --Ford.
n 1: a fact that has been verified; "at last he knew the truth";
"the truth is the he didn't want to do it"
2: 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" [syn: the true, verity]
3: a true statement; "he told the truth"; "he thought of
answering with the truth but he knew they wouldn't believe
it" [syn: true statement] [ant: falsehood]
4: the quality of nearness to the truth or the true value; "he
was beginning to doubt the accuracy of his compass"; "the
lawyer questioned the truth of my account" [syn: accuracy]
5: 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) [syn: Sojourner
Used in various senses in Scripture. In Prov. 12:17, 19, it
denotes that which is opposed to falsehood. In Isa. 59:14, 15,
Jer. 7:28, it means fidelity or truthfulness. The doctrine of
Christ is called "the truth of the gospel" (Gal. 2:5), "the
truth" (2 Tim. 3:7; 4:4). Our Lord says of himself, "I am the
way, and the truth" (John 14:6).