What is truth?

  • (noun): Conformity to reality or actuality.
    Example: "They debated the truth of the proposition"; "the situation brought home to us the blunt truth of the military threat"; "he was famous for the truth of his portraits"
    Synonyms: the true, verity
    See also — Additional definitions below

Truth

Truth is most often used to mean in accord with fact or reality or fidelity to an original or to a standard or ideal.

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Some articles on truth:

Truth-conditional Semantics - History
... The first truth-conditional semantics was developed by Donald Davidson in Truth and Meaning (1967) ... It applied Tarski's semantic theory of truth to a problem it was not intended to solve, that of giving the meaning of a sentence ...
Verifiability, Not Truth - Editors Are Not Truth Finders
... This process involves editors who are not making claims that they have found truth, but that they have found someone else who is making claims that they have found truth ... of view (the Wikipedia's term for versions of truth) are included ... Wikipedia editors are not indifferent to truth, but as a collaborative project, its editors are not making judgments as to what is true and what is false ...
Pragmatic Theory Of Truth
... Pragmatic theory of truth refers to those accounts, definitions, and theories of the concept truth that distinguish the philosophies of pragmatism and pragmaticism ... The conception of truth in question varies along lines that reflect the influence of several thinkers, initially and notably, Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey, but a ... the meanings of difficult concepts, truth in particular, and (2) an emphasis on the fact that the product variously branded as belief, certainty, knowledge ...
Truth - In Religion: Omniscience
... In a religious context, perfect knowledge of all truth about all things (omniscience) is regarded by some religions, particularly Buddhism and the ...
Verifiability, Not Truth
... for inclusion in Wikipedia as "verifiability, not truth" ... The phrase "the threshold for inclusion is verifiability, not truth" meant that verifiability is a necessary condition (a minimum requirement) for the ... does not mean Wikipedians have no respect for truth and accuracy, just as a court's reliance on rules of evidence does not mean the court does not respect truth ...

More definitions of "truth":

  • (noun): United States abolitionist and feminist who was freed from slavery and became a leading advocate of the abolition of slavery and for the rights of women (1797-1883).
    Synonyms: Sojourner Truth
  • (noun): The quality of nearness to the truth or the true value.
    Example: "The lawyer questioned the truth of my account"
    Synonyms: accuracy
  • (noun): A true statement.
    Example: "He told the truth"; "he thought of answering with the truth but he knew they wouldn't believe it"
    Synonyms: true statement
  • (noun): A fact that has been verified.
    Example: "At last he knew the truth"; "the truth is the he didn't want to do it"

Famous quotes containing the word truth:

    There are in me, in literary terms, two distinct characters: one who is taken with roaring, with lyricism, with soaring aloft, with all the sonorities of phrase and summits of thought; and the other who digs and scratches for truth all he can, who is as interested in the little facts as the big ones, who would like to make you feel materially the things he reproduces.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880)

    My father, whose way was to force every event in nature into an hypothesis, by which means never man crucified TRUTH at the rate he did.
    Laurence Sterne (1713–1768)

    The truth usually has a slightly ugly look.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)