• Noun: a fact that has been verified; examples: "at last he knew the truth", "the truth is that he didn't want to do it"
• Noun: conformity to reality or actuality; examples: "they debated the truth of the proposition", "the situation brought home to us the blunt truth of the military threat", "he was famous for the truth of his portraits", "he turned to religion in his search for eternal verities"
• Noun: a true statement; examples: "he told the truth", "he thought of answering with the truth but he knew they wouldn't believe it"
• Noun: the quality of being near to the true value; examples: "he was beginning to doubt the accuracy of his compass", "the lawyer questioned the truth of my account"
• Noun: United States abolitionist and feminist who was freed from slavery and became a leading advocate of the abolition of slavery and for the rights of women (1797-1883)
If you take a lie and allow your desire for the truth, you'll end up with some truth - not fact, but something that gets you closer to the truth. That's what we want. When we go to a play, we need to be assured that the experience we're having.
In the last few years, the very idea of telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is dredged up only as a final resort when the alternative options of deception, threat and bribery have all been exhausted.