Naked Truth, the

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Meaning of Idiom 'Naked Truth'

The naked truth is the complete and unembellished truth; the plain facts. 1,2,3


"Just tell me what happened. I need the naked truth," said the police officer.

"I know it sounds bizarre, but I swear it's the naked truth."


Used since the late 1500's. 1

This idiom may from the Latin nudaque veritas from Horace's Odes or other fables in which the personified Truth is a naked woman as opposed to Falsehood, who dresses elaborately. 3

1. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
2. Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill's American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.
3. Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.

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