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See also: véritable



Middle French véritable, via Old French, from Latin veritabilis.


  • IPA(key): /ˈvɛ.ɹi.tə.bl/
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veritable (comparative more veritable, superlative most veritable)

  1. True; genuine.
    • 1974, Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., chapter 11, in The Myth of Mental Illness[1], →ISBN, page 193:
      Life in the Middle Ages was a colossal religious game. The dominant value was salvation in a life hereafter. Emphasizing that "to divorce medieval hysteria from its time and place is not possible," Gallinek observes: It was the aim of man to leave all things worldly as far behind as possible, and already during lifetime to approach the kingdom of heaven. The aim was salvation. Salvation was the Christian master motive.—The ideal man of the Middle Ages was free of all fear because he was sure of salvation, certain of eternal bliss. He was the saint, and the saint, not the knight nor the troubadour, is the veritable ideal of the Middle Ages.
    He is a veritable genius.
    A fair is a veritable smorgasbord. (From Charlotte's Web).

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Latin veritabilis


veritable (masculine and feminine plural veritables)

  1. real; true; veritable


Middle French[edit]


veritable m, f (plural veritables)

  1. true; real; not fake

Old French[edit]


veritable m (oblique and nominative feminine singular veritable)

  1. true; real; not fake
    • circa 1170, Chrétien de Troyes, 'Érec et Énide' (in Old French):
      Li rois respont: "N'est mie fable,
      Ceste parole est veritable:
      The king responded "it's not a fairytale
      this story is true["]