Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being truly so called; real or genuine: "Her tea ... was set forth with as much grace as if she had been a veritable guest to her own self” ( Mary Wilkins Freeman).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. True, real.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Agreeable to truth or to fact; actual; real; true; genuine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Agreeable to truth or fact; true; real; actual; genuine.
  • Truthful; veracious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not counterfeit or copied
  • adj. often used as intensifiers

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from verite; see verity.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French véritable, from Latin veritabilis. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • HINOJOSA (on camera): D.A. is a man on a mission trying to stop what he calls a veritable modern day invasion.

    CNN Transcript Oct 25, 2006

  • This, he explained, kept farming from being developed peacefully, and it was amidst what he called a veritable civil war stirred up from abroad that so many errors were committed.

    SANTA CRUZ RALLY

  • Kiang-si, which he describes as a veritable Garden of Eden.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • Former chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, said Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency ISI had supported militants known as the Haqqani network, which he described as a "veritable arm" of the ISI.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • In his final congressional testimony before retiring next week, Mullen said success in Afghanistan is threatened by the Pakistani government's support for the Haqqani network of militants, which he called a "veritable arm" of Pakistan's intelligence agency.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Reader John Coletti and his '63 Buick Riviera, which he calls a veritable "stealth tank."

    Readers tell us why they stand by their American-made cars

  • The basin into which they entered they described as a veritable paradise, the air cool and wholesome, the shores of the lake full of green pastures and broad savannahs dotted with horses and cattle, and round about all a coronal of azure mountains.

    The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century

  • After all, Scandinavia is/was known as a veritable "workers paradise."

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • We carefully avoided our travelling companions that night, but learned the next morning that the Frenchman had slept on four chairs, and rejected the hotel coffee with the remark that it was not 'veritable' -- a criticism in which he was quite justified.

    Penelope's Irish Experiences

  • Federal law places high hurdles before defendants in such cases, but Cory Maples, convicted in 1997 of two murders, cleared them owing to what one justice called a "veritable perfect storm of misfortune."

    Death-Row Defendant Can Proceed With Appeal

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  • But on the one subject on which he has a thirst for
    knowledge, a veritable passion for guidance and help - nothing!

    January 25, 2011