ring of truth

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ring of truth

  1. The trust-inspiring sound, tenor, or impression of being truthful.
    • 1874, Edward Payson Roe, Opening a Chestnut Burr, ch. 20,
      I am too well accustomed to the taking of evidence not to detect the ring of truth.
    • 1908, Edith Wharton, "The Pretext,"
      She could hear the ring of truth in young Dawnish's voice.
    • 2006, "Verbatim," Time, 20 Feb.,
      It is fiction. But it has the absolute ring of truth.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Sometimes used (especially in the 19th and early-20th centuries) with reference to oral remarks or a manner of speaking, and sometimes used (especially since the mid-20th century) to refer to a written statement or narrative which strikes the reader as true.