Gospel Truth

Meaning of Idiom ‘The Gospel Truth’

The gospel truth is the absolute, unquestionable truth. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

See also take as gospel.

Examples Of Use

“I’m telling you the gospel truth, John is having an affair with his secretary.”

“Some people accept the theory that the Earth is flat as the gospel truth.”

“I can’t claim it’s the gospel truth, but I’m pretty sure we’re getting an extra bonus this year.”

Origin

The word gospel derived from the Old English gōdspel, meaning “good news” or “good story.” This word, in the 1300’s, was used refer to something as true as the biblical gospel, which is taken to be absolutely and undeniably true. The current word came into similar use during the 1600’s and then was transferred to more general use during the late 1800’s. 3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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1. Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.
2, 3. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.