veri-, ver-

(Latin: true, truth, real, truthfulness)

Lux veritas peritia populo nostro.
Light, truth, and skill for our people.

Motto of the Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA.

Quid est veritas?
What is truth?

This is an anagram that is said to come from an unknown medieval writer. Readers of the New Testament will recall that, when Christ was taken before Pilate as a criminal, He said, "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice."

When Pilate asked, "What is truth?" (Quid est veritas?) there is no indication that Christ replied; however, the medieval anagrammatist pointed out that, strangely enough, the question contained its own answer. A rearrangement of Quid est veritas gives us Est vir qui adest (It is the Man who is here); in other words, Christ Himself is the Truth (John 18:37-38).

Semper veritas.
Truth always.

Motto of Lake City Community College, Lake City, Florida, USA.

Ubicunque ars ostentatur, veritas abesse videatur.
Where ever art makes itself felt, truth seems to be wanting. (Ars est celare artem: Art consists in its concealment).
Unitas, veritas, caritas.
Unity, truth, charity.

Motto of the Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York, USA.

veracious (adjective), more veracious, most veracious
1. Relating to someone who is truthful and honest: Toby was known to be most veracious and gave an exact account of how the accident happened.
2. A reference to something which is accurate and precise; as, in an account or story: The veracious statement June told the judge was proven to be totally accurate.
3. Etymology: from Latin verus, "true" + -ous, "having, full of."
Characteristic of meaning what is stated.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Referring to saying what is really meant.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Descriptive of being truthful.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
so you can see more of Mickey Bach's cartoons.

veraciously
veracity (s) (noun), veracities (pl)
1. The honesty or truthfulness of a person when expressing herself or himself: When Mr. Jones, the candidate for mayor of the town, was giving his speech, his veracity was questioned by many of the listeners.
2. Correctness or accuracy of the facts: When fictional stories or novels are written, veracity is certainly not one of the most important elements or aspects presented!
3. Etymology: from Latin veracis, "truthful" from verus "true."
The conformity to the truth.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
so you can see more of Mickey Bach's cartoons.

verdict (s) (noun), verdicts (pl)
1. The decision of a jury in a civil or criminal case about an issue which has been submitted to their judgement: The members of the jury debated the evidence for several hours before finally reaching a verdict.
2. A decision or opinion pronounced or expressed about some matter or subject; a finding, a conclusion, or a judgement: The academic committee at the university reached a unanimous verdict about the admission of the new candidate for the doctoral program.
3. Etymology: from verdit,, the Anglo-Norman variant of Old French veirdit., "true statement, sworn testimony" which evolved from verdit, the Anglo-Norman variant of Old French veirdit., " a true saying" or "report".

This was a compound formed from veir "true" (a descendant of Latin verum, related to English very) and dit, "a saying, a speech"; which came from Latin dictionem, "a saying, an expression, a word".

veridical (adjective), more veridical, most veridical
1. A reference to telling the truth or being honest: The witness gave veridical testimony as to what really happened the night the teenager was shot on the street.
2. Characterized by something that corresponds with facts or to reality, and therefore is genuine or real: Jimmy had a veridical hallucination that his parents were injured in an auto accident which turned out to be true.
3. Etymology: from Latin veridicus; from verus, "true" + dicere, "to say".
veridically
veridicalness
verification
1. The establishment of the truth or correctness of something by investigation or evidence.
2. The evidence that proves something true or correct.
3. In law, an affidavit swearing to the accuracy of a pleading.
verificationism
The view that every meaningful proposition is capable of being shown to be true or false.
verifier