- 1the truth [singular] the true facts about something, rather than the things that have been invented or guessed Do you think she's telling the truth? We are determined to get at (= discover) the truth. The truth (of the matter) is we can't afford to keep all the staff on. I don't think you are telling me the whole truth about what happened. The awful truth about his disappearance finally dawned on her. It's the gospel truth (= completely true)! The sad truth is that, at 72, he is past his prime.
- 2[uncountable] the quality or state of being based on fact There is no truth in the rumors. There is not a grain of truth in what she says. His version of events does contain an element of truth. opposite falsity
- 3[countable] a fact that is believed by most people to be true universal truths She was forced to face up to a few unwelcome truths about her family. see also half-truth, home truth compare untruth Word Familytrue adjective (≠untrue)truth noun (≠untruth)truthful adjective (≠untruthful)truthfully adverbtruly adverbIdioms
nounjump to other results
to say something that is not completely true I wasn't exactly lying when I said I hadn't seen her—I was just bending the truth a little.
bend the truthjump to other results
a way of saying that someone has left out some important facts, when you do not want to say that they are lying
economical with the truthjump to other results
used to tell someone the true facts about a situation, especially when these are not known by other people
if (the) truth be known/toldjump to other results
used to emphasize the true facts about a situation She laughed and chatted but was, in truth, not having much fun.
in truth (formal)jump to other results
a time when someone or something is tested, or when important decisions are made The moment of truth is when the trainee pilots take over the controls of the plane.
the moment of truthjump to other results
used to say that a fact or comment is completely false She thinks I don't like her but nothing could be further from the truth.
nothing could be further from the truthjump to other results
used when admitting something To tell you the truth, I'll be glad to get home. I got a bit bigheaded, to tell the truth.
to tell (you) the truth (informal)jump to other results
used to say that things that actually happen are often more surprising than stories that are invented
truth is stranger than fiction (saying)jump to other results
used to say that people will find out the true facts about a situation even if you try to keep them secret
(the) truth will out (saying)jump to other results