American abolitionist and feminist. Born into slavery, she escaped in 1827 and became a leading preacher against slavery and for the rights of women.
photographed c. 1864
1. Conformity to fact or actuality.
2. A statement proven to be or accepted as true.
3. Sincerity; integrity.
4. Fidelity to an original or standard.
a. Reality; actuality.
b. often Truth That which is considered to be the supreme reality and to have the ultimate meaning and value of existence.
[Middle English trewthe, loyalty, from Old English trowth; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: truth, veracity, verity, verisimilitude These nouns refer to the quality of being in accord with fact or reality. Truth is a comprehensive term that in all of its nuances implies accuracy and honesty: We seek the truth, and will endure the consequences (Charles Seymour). Veracity is adherence to the truth: Veracity is the heart of morality (Thomas H. Huxley). Verity often applies to an enduring or repeatedly demonstrated truth: beliefs that were accepted as eternal verities (James Harvey Robinson). Verisimilitude is the quality of having the appearance of truth or reality: merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative (W.S. Gilbert).
truth /tru/ n.truths /trus, trus/ 1 [U] accuracy, correctness: She always speaks the truth.2 [C] s.t. factual, proven: Cross examination by attorneys brought out the truth about the crime.3the truth will out: the truth will eventually be known