- 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 lovea 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/toldused 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 FORMALused 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 truthused 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 truthused 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-FASHIONEDused for saying that people will find out the truth about something, even if you try to keep it a secret=> HOME TRUTHS, MOMENT
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.