Dictionary Source

These definitions come from the Funk & Wagnal Dictionary 1895 Edition.


1. The state or charater of being true as respecting being, knowledge, or speech.

  1. Conformity to fact or reality, past present, or future.
  2. Conformity to rule, standard, model, patterrn, or ideal.
  3. Conformity to the requirements of one's being or nature;
  4. steadfastness;

Truth has been distinguished as

  1. Truth of being, transcendental, or metaphysical truth, that truth by which a thing is what it is, and has not merely the appearance but the reality of being;
  2. Truth of knowledge, the conformity of knowledge with the reality known, and
  3. Truth of sign, the conformity of the sign (as the word in speech) to the thing signified.

It has also been distinguished as

  1. scientific truth, consisting in the conformity of thoughts to things.
  2. moral truth, consisting in the correspondance by the words with thoughts; and
  3. logical truth, consisting in the coherency and self-consistency of the thoughts thenselves.

2. That which is true;
A statement or belief which represents or conforms to reality;
A law or principle established by correct reasoning;

3. A fact as the object of correct belief;
that which is or may be literally the object of knowledge;

4. A tendency or disposition to speak or tell only what is true;

5. The quality of being true or faithful, as to duty, trust, or promise;

6. In the fine arts, faithful to the facts of nature, history, or life;
in a high sense, fidelity to the main features or spirit of these;
in a sow sense, undiscriminating realism.

7. [archaic] Right, according to divine law;
as, one should not only believe but do the truth.
3 John 1:4

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