What is truth?

  • (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"
    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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Verifiability, Not Truth - Editors Are Not Truth Finders
... 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 ... 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, but what ...
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 Abrahamic ...
Verifiability, Not Truth
... used to define the threshold 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 inclusion of material, though it is not a ... we have rules for the inclusion of material 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 ...
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 ...
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 ... on the pragmatic maxim as a means of clarifying the meanings of difficult concepts, truth in particular, and (2) an emphasis on the fact that the product variously branded as belief ...

More definitions of "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
  • (noun): The quality of nearness to the truth or the true value.
    Example: "The lawyer questioned the truth of my account"
    Synonyms: accuracy
  • (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): 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

Famous quotes containing the word truth:

    We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.
    Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    When the doctrine of allegiance to party can utterly up-end a man’s moral constitution and make a temporary fool of him besides, what excuse are you going to offer for preaching it, teaching it, extending it, perpetuating it? Shall you say, the best good of the country demands allegiance to party? Shall you also say it demands that a man kick his truth and his conscience into the gutter, and become a mouthing lunatic, besides?
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    You know what the Englishman’s idea of compromise is? He says, Some people say there is a God. Some people say there is no God. The truth probably lies somewhere between these two statements.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)