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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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 ...
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 inclusion of material, though it is not a sufficient condition (i ... 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 ...
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 ... 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 ... 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, certainty ...
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 ... points 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 ...

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

Famous quotes containing the word truth:

    All truth is crooked, time itself is a circle.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    The times are so peculiar now, so mediaeval so unreasonable that for the first time in a hundred years truth is really stranger than fiction. Any truth.
    Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)

    Partisanship should be kept out of the pulpit.... The blindest of partisans are preachers. All politicians expect and find more candor, fairness, and truth in politicians than in partisan preachers. They are not replied to—no chance to reply to them.... The balance wheel of free institutions is free discussion. The pulpit allows no free discussion.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)