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Truth, n.; pl. Truths. Etym: [oe. treuthe, trouthe, treowpe, as. Treów. 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.

Defn: to assert as true; to declare. [r.] Had they [the ancients] dreamt this, they would have truthed it Heaven. Ford.

---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Truth - Used in various senses in Scripture. In Proverbs 12:17, Proverbs 12:19, it denotes that which is opposed to falsehood. In Isaiah 59:14, Isaiah 59:15, Jeremiah 7:28, it means fidelity or truthfulness. The doctrine of Christ is called "the truth of the gospel" (Galatians 2:5), "the truth" (2 Timothy 3:7; 2 Timothy 4:4). Our Lord says of himself, "I am the way, and the truth" (John 14:6).

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