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



veritable (comparative more veritable, superlative most veritable)

  1. True, real.
    • 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,"21 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.22
    He is a veritable swine.
    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 FrenchEdit


veritable m, f (plural veritables)

  1. true; real; not fake

Old FrenchEdit


veritable m (oblique and nominative feminine singular veritable)

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