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Is there any other wisdom, than true simplicity and innocence?

Now, all at once, he saw this to be a world in which dreams come more than true.

"In spite of all that, it may be true enough," returned the lawyer, composedly.

That he was unable to do, even if it were true, which he doubted.

No doubt it was true, for she would have insisted on moderate cleanliness and comfort.

I am your true friend, Frank, and I don't want you to get into any trouble.

It is true, Mesopotamia was much smaller than our own country.

As Mr. Sanborn says of her, "she is too real a person, not to be true."

The true remedy is not to be sought in that direction in the one case any more than the other.

It is true there was a fifth farm situated right in between the others.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English triewe (West Saxon), treowe (Mercian) "faithful, trustworthy," from Proto-Germanic *trewwjaz "having or characterized by good faith" (cf. Old Frisian triuwi, Dutch getrouw, Old High German gatriuwu, German treu, Old Norse tryggr, Gothic triggws "faithful, trusty"), perhaps ultimately from PIE *dru- "tree," on the notion of "steadfast as an oak." Cf., from same root, Lithuanian drutas "firm," Welsh drud, Old Irish dron "strong," Welsh derw "true," Old Irish derb "sure."

Sense of "consistent with fact" first recorded c.1200; that of "real, genuine, not counterfeit" is from late 14c.; that of "agreeing with a certain standard" (as true north) is from c.1550. Of artifacts, "accurately fitted or shaped" it is recorded from late 15c.; the verb in this sense is from 1841. True-love (adj.) is recorded from late 15c.; true-born first attested 1590s. True-false as a type of test question is recorded from 1923.

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