in vino veritas

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From Latin in (in) + vīnō, the ablative singular of vīnum (wine) + vēritās (truth). Thus, “in wine there is truth”. First attested, as volgoque veritas iam attributa vino est, in the Naturalis Historia (XIV, 141) of Pliny the Elder.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪn ˈviː.nəʊ vɛ.ɹɪˈtæs/


in vino veritas

  1. Things said under the influence of alcohol reveal true beliefs not expressed when sober.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used to refer to the effect of alcohol on reducing inhibitions, allowing someone to say what they truly think.
  • Secondarily, used to suggest that one's perceptions and emotions when drunk are more real than when sober.