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Truth will out

This page is about the saying "Truth will out"

Possible meaning:
In the end, what is true will come to be known. The truth always appears eventually, despite all efforts to hide it. It is impossible to keep something secret forever.

There is another saying with the same form: "Murder will out."

Origin: This saying was already recorded in England by the 15th century; and it appears in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (1596): "Truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man's son may, but in the end truth will out."

truth (noun): what is factual; what is in accordance with reality
out (verb): come out; go out; emerge

Quick Quiz

If it is true that "truth will out", then lies

a. cannot last

b. will out too

c. eventually become truth
a) cannot last b) will out too c) eventually become truth

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Contributor: Josef Essberger