Definition of truth noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//truːθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//truːθ//
    (pl. truths
    BrE BrE//truːðz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//truːðz//
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  1. 1  the 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. 2  [uncountable] the quality or state of being based on fact There is no truth in the rumours. There is not a grain of truth in what she says. His version of events does contain an element of truth. opposite falsity see also post-truth
  3. 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. compare untruth see also half-truth, home truth
  4. Word OriginOld English trīewth, trēowth ‘faithfulness, constancy’ (see true, -th).Word Familytrue adjective (untrue)truth nountruthful adjective (untruthful)truthfully adverbtruly adverbExtra examples Dare anyone deny the truth of what we have said? Finally the moment of truth will be upon you. He realized the truth in Adam’s words. He was reminded of his duty to speak the truth when questioned in court. He was too fragile to handle the truth. His evidence was a blend of smears, half truths and downright lies. His explanation has a ring of truth to it. I know you think she’s mean, but nothing could be further from the truth. I’m sure she’s telling the truth. If the truth be known, I was afraid to tell anyone. It still doesn’t make sense to me—I don’t think he’s told us the whole truth. It’s a good film but contains little historical truth. It’s time we told him a few home truths about sharing a house. Lawyers distorted the truth about the deal. Science, like theology, reveals transcendent truths about a changing world. She takes everything she reads in the paper as gospel truth. She was determined to discover the truth about her boss. She would later find out the truth about her husband. So now you know the truth. The awful truth suddenly dawned on her. The journalist protested that he was only trying to get at the truth. The police doubt the truth of his statement. The sad truth is he never loved her. The simple truth is he’s lost his job. The truth of the matter is we can’t afford to keep all the staff on. There is no truth in the rumour. There may have been a grain of truth in what he said. They claim to be the arbiters of sacred truth. They were motivated by the pursuit of the truth. To tell you the truth, I’m rather dreading his return. Towards the end of the letter the cruel truth emerged. We are examining the matter to see where the truth lies. We hold these truths to be self-evident… We’re going to try to get the truth out of this boy. What’s the truth behind all the gossip? You’ve been hiding the truth from me! a man on a journey seeking the truth about God and humanity finding out the truth about her husband in search of the eternal truths of life seekers after divine truth the deeper truths that often go unspoken the hidden truth behind the events of the last four years the plain unvarnished truth the revealed truth of God the shocking truth about heroin addiction among the youngIdioms 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.
    economical with the truth
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    a way of saying that somebody has left out some important facts, when you do not want to say that they are lying
    if (the) truth be known/told
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    used to tell somebody the true facts about a situation, especially when these are not known by other people
    (formal) used to emphasize the true facts about a situation She laughed and chatted but was, in truth, not having much fun. a time when somebody/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.
    nothing could be further from the truth
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    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.
    to tell (you) the truth
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    (informal) used when admitting something To tell you the truth, I'll be glad to get home. I got a bit big-headed, to tell the truth.
    truth is stranger than fiction
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    (saying) used to say that things that actually happen are often more surprising than stories that are invented
    (saying) used to say that people will find out the true facts about a situation even if you try to keep them secret
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: truth