veracity's Word of the Day



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The Word of the Day for July 26 is:

veracity \vuh-RASS-uh-tee\ (noun)
1 : devotion to truth : truthfulness
*2 : conformity with fact : accuracy
3 : something true

Example sentence:
English poet Thomas Gray wrote, "Any fool may write a
most valuable book by chance, if he will only tell us what he
heard and saw with veracity."

Did you know?
"Veracity" has been a part of English since at least 1623,
and we can honestly tell you that it derives from the Latin
adjective "verax" ("true, truthful"), which in turn comes from
the earlier adjective "verus" ("true"). "Verus" also gives us
"verity" ("the quality of being true"), "verify" ("to establish
the truth of"), and "verisimilitude" ("the appearance of
truth"), among others. In addition, "verax" is the root of the
word "veraciousness," a somewhat rarer synonym and cousin of
"veracity."

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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