Meaning of TRUTH in English


/ truːθ; NAmE / noun ( pl. truths / truːðz; NAmE /)


the truth [ sing. ] the true facts about sth, 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.


[ U ] 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.

OPP falsity


[ C ] 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


- if (the) truth be known / told

- in truth

- nothing could be further from the truth

- to tell (you) the truth

- truth is stranger than fiction

- (the) truth will out

—more at bend verb , economical , moment



Old English trīewth , trēowth faithfulness, constancy (see true , -th ).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.