1. [syn: in truth, really, truly]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Truth \Truth\, n.; pl. Truths. [OE. treuthe, trouthe, treowpe,
AS. tre['o]w?. See True; cf. Troth, Betroth.]
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
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.
(d) The practice of speaking what is true; freedom from
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.
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.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: in fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers); "in
truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman
Empire"; "really, you shouldn't have done it"; "a truly
awful book" [syn: in truth, really, truly]