Word of the Day : April 14, 2019
veritable \VAIR-uh-tuh-bul\ adjective
: being in fact the thing named and not false, unreal, or imaginary — often used to stress the aptness of a metaphor
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Veritable, like its close relative verity ("truth"), came to English through Anglo-French from Latin. It is ultimately derived from verus, the Latin word for "true," which also gave us verify, aver, and verdict. Veritable is often used as a synonym of genuine or authentic ("a veritable masterpiece"), but it is also frequently used to stress the aptness of a metaphor, often in a humorous tone ("a veritable swarm of lawyers"). In the past, usage commentators have objected to the latter use, but today it doesn't draw much criticism.
Aired April 14, 2019
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