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Truth, Sojourner 1797?-1883.
American abolitionist and feminist. Born into slavery, she escaped in 1827 and became a leading preacher against slavery and for the rights of women.
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Sojourner Truth
photographed c. 1864

truth  (trth)
n. pl. truths (trz, trths)
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.
5.
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. 3 the truth will out: the truth will eventually be known truth

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