Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)

Exam Vocabulary and Synonyms for Truth

On this page, you will find lists of words to help you expand your vocabulary related to the word ‘truth’. There are nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs, so you will learn how to put stronger sentences together with more sophisticated language. Practicing forming sentences in this way is particularly good if you are preparing for exams, such as IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, SAT, LSAT, Civil Services, and Banking.

Example Sentence Showing Synonyms and Different Word Forms:

It was a bold (adjective) assertion (noun), and one which veritably (adverb) transformed the way people thought about the technology. I must confess (verb) that I didn’t pay it much attention at the time, so admittedly (adverb), it was my fault that we missed our chance to invest.

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HOW TO USE OUR SYNONYM TABLES:

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

In the ‘COMMON USE’ table, you will find words that you will come across in everyday English, and which are even suitable for exams like IELTS or TOEFL.

*An asterisk means that this word is less popular in everyday English than the other words in the list. These words may also be asked in some simpler exams.

In the ‘ADVANCED EXAMS’ table, you will find words that are likely to be asked in more Advanced Exams, such as GRE, MBA, SAT/LSAT, Civil Service, Banks, etc.

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Some Nouns for (a) Truth

(e.g. the veracity of the report; a solemn guarantee; a bold assertion)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

I give you my guarantee. I will definitely be there.

The suspect maintained his avowals of innocence, but the police didn’t believe him.

The conclusion couldn’t really be seen as an absolute, because it could still be challenged.

They argued against the veracity of the report, saying that the conclusions were flawed.

Finally, an admission of guilt. I knew he’d break in interrogation!

He made a bold assertion during the campaign. Let’s hope he didn’t get his facts wrong.

Everyone heard her claims of being assaulted, but nobody called the police.

The attack was seen as a declaration* of war.

*This relates more to making an emphatic announcement or statement.

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Some Adjectives for Describing Someone or Something as Truthful

(e.g. a genuine question; the undisputed champion; an accurate representation)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

It was a genuine question. I really was concerned.

There was so much food. It was a veritable feast for the eyes!

He was the undisputed champion of the world.

At this point, we need an unequivocal answer. Either everyone agrees or we don’t go ahead with the project.

It was fairly proveable statement, so it wouldn’t be long before someone checked it out.

The sons and daughters had a bona fide* reason for challenging the inheritance claim.

  • Predominantly legal usage, but sometimes used in social conversation (perhaps ironically).

The company considered him honest and trustworthy, so they offered him the job.

It was an authentic collectors' item, signed by the artist.

The painting was a fairly accurate representation of historical events.

He had an unswerving loyalty to his family, and was always there when they needed him.

They finally had a definite outcome, after years of hoping for a resolution.

These were factual statements, so it was difficult to argue to the contrary.

The outcome was guaranteed, because everything had been meticulously planned.

They had a legitimate claim to the inheritance, so they fought the ruling in court.

Her determination had long been unquestionable, so everyone was shocked when she pulled out of the competition.

It was an absolute disaster. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong!

I was certain that things would turn out okay.

It’s a valid argument. I’ll definitely consider it.

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Some Verbs for Being Truthful

(e.g. I confess to the Lord; to admit your guilt; He professed his love for…)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

You need to confess. Someone else will get the blame if you don’t.

I profess* that I don’t know what you’re talking about, Sir.

(You can also profess your loyalty/faith/love)

*A more literary or ironic usage. You might hear it in American ‘Western’ movies or other ‘period' dramas.

Okay, okay, I admit! I did it. I ate your chocolate.

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Some Adverbs for Talking about Truth or Certainty

(e.g. absolutely imperative; it has veritably revolutionized; admittedly, I was wrong)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

It’s absolutely imperative that we make this happen. It’s important to the people.

The Coronavirus pandemic has veritably shut down the entire world.

Well, admittedly, I didn’t understand what he was talking about back then. But now I do.

The solicitor was determined to have acted bona fide*.

*Predominantly legal usage

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