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  Truth (Truth) (?), n.; pl. Truths (#).
[OE. treuthe, trouthe, treowpe, AS. tre\'a2w¿. 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 like. "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." Coleridge. (d) The practice of speaking what is true; freedom from falsehood; veracity. "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." Zech. viii. 16. "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." John xvii. 17.

-- 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. 21.
Truth (Truth), v. t.

To assert as true; to declare. [R.] "Had they [the ancients] dreamt this, they would have truthed it heaven." Ford.

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