Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "truth" in Russian

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Meaning: truth, justice, true, though

Pronunciation: [PRAHV-dah]

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #202 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Это правда.
  • It is the truth. (It is true.)
  • Он всегда говорит правду.
  • He always tells the truth.
  • Ты пра́вда бро́сил кури́ть?
  • Is it true that you stopped smoking?
  • У́тро прекра́сно, не пра́вда ли?
  • The morning is wonderful, isnt' it?
  • Я читаю книги, правда не каждый день.
  • I read books, although not every day.
  • Она пришла, правда я долго её ждал.
  • She came, although I've been waiting for her for a long time.
  • Мы боремся за правду.
  • We fight for justice.
  • По пра́вде говоря́, я челове́к о́чень аза́ртный.
  • Frankly speaking, I am a very hot-tempered man.
  • Это сущая правда.
  • That is the exact truth.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • Правда? = Really?
  • По правде сказать, ... = To tell the truth ...; Frankly speaking ...
  • всеми правдами и неправдами = by fair means or foul; by hook or by crook
  • смотреть правде в глаза = to face the truth
  • Ваша правда. = You are right.
  • ... не правда ли? = ... isn’t it?
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Что правда, то правда.
  • There's no denying the truth.
  • Правда глаза колет.
  • Home truths are hard to swallow. (Truth hurts.)
  • Правда своё возьмет.
  • Truth will prevail.
  • Не в силе правда, в правде сила.
  • Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
  • Правдами и неправдами.
  • By hook or by crook.
  • Правда в огне не горит и в воде не тонет.
  • Truth never perishes.
  • Правду говорить - друга не нажить.
  • Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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