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

  • n. A key or basic truth, especially one that is discomforting to acknowledge.

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  • n. A true but unwelcome statement.

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

  • n. an important truth that is unpleasant to acknowledge (as about yourself)

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