truth [ truθ ] noun ***
1. ) uncount the actual facts or information about something, rather than what people think, expect, or make up:
The truth may never be known.
truth about: We finally learned the shocking truth about Gina's past.
tell (someone) the truth: Tell me the truth: did you take the money?
the truth is (that): The truth is that they haven't solved the problem.
the truth of the matter is (that): The truth of the matter is that the company is bankrupt.
2. ) uncount the quality or condition of being true:
truth of: Most people are doubtful about the truth of his accusations.
there is some truth in/to something (=it is at least partly true): There is, I suppose, some truth to his story.
there is a grain/kernel/element of truth in/to something: There is a grain of truth in what he says.
3. ) count an idea that is accepted by most people as being true:
literature that explores the truths of life and love
a universal/eternal truth (=something that is true in all situations): Is it a universal truth that exercise is good for you?
if truth be known/told
used when saying what something is really like, or what you really think about a situation:
If truth be told, I've never really liked David's wife.
in truth FORMAL
used when saying what something is really like, or what you really think about a situation:
In truth, it could have been much worse for them.
nothing could be farther from the truth
used for emphasizing that something is not true at all:
I don't hate you! Nothing could be farther from the truth!
to tell (you) the truth
used for admitting something, or for saying what you really think about something:
To tell you the truth, I don't care.
(the) truth will out OLD-FASHIONED
used for saying that people will find out the truth about something, even if you try to keep it a secret

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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