Definitions

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

  • n. The quality or condition of being true, factual, or real.
  • n. Something, such as a statement, principle, or belief, that is true, especially an enduring truth: "The mind once suddenly aware of a verity for the first time immediately invents it again” ( Agnes Sligh Turnbull). See Synonyms at truth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Truth, fact or reality, especially an enduring religious or ethical truth.
  • n. A true statement; an established doctrine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being true, or real; consonance of a statement, proposition, or other thing, with fact; truth; reality.
  • n. That which is true; a true assertion or tenet; a truth; a reality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. that the cause of suffering is desire or a craving for existence and its pleasures
  • n. that deliverance from suffering can be effected only by the eradication of desire
  • n. and that this can be accomplished only by walking in the noble eightfold path of right views in regard to life
  • n. of right aims
  • n. of right words
  • n. of right conduct
  • n. of right means of livelihood (celibate mendicancy)
  • n. of right effort
  • n. of right-mindfulness (that is, freedom from error in recollecting the law)
  • n. and of right meditation and tranquillity. See nidana.
  • n. The quality of being true or real; true or real nature or principle; reality; truth; fact.
  • n. That which is true; a true assertion or tenet; a truth; a reality; a fact.
  • n. Honesty; faith; trustworthiness.

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

  • n. conformity to reality or actuality
  • n. an enduring or necessary ethical or religious or aesthetic truth

Etymologies

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

Middle English verite, truth, from Old French, from Latin vēritās, from vērus, true.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman verité, Middle French verité, from Latin vēritās, from the adjective vērus ("true").

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  • Does the Century Dictionary have Buddha-nature? Right now it looks like it defines verity as follows:

    "1. that the cause of suffering is desire or a craving for existence and its pleasures

    2. that deliverance from suffering can be effected only by the eradication of desire

    3. and that this can be accomplished only by walking in the noble eightfold path of right views in regard to life

    4. of right aims

    5. of right words

    6. of right conduct

    7. of right means of livelihood (celibate mendicancy)

    8. of right effort

    9. of right-mindfulness (that is, freedom from error in recollecting the law)

    10. and of right meditation and tranquillity. See nidana.

    11. The quality of being true or real; true or real nature or principle; reality; truth; fact.

    12. That which is true; a true assertion or tenet; a truth; a reality; a fact.

    13. Honesty; faith; trustworthiness."

    June 14, 2011