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Most common English words: least « person « case « #313: fact » known » thee » hope


From Latin factum (a deed, act, exploit; in Medieval Latin also state, condition, circumstance), neuter of factus (done or made), perfect passive participle of faciō (do, make).





Fact (plural Facts)
  1. (archaic) Action; the realm of action.
    • 1622, Francis Bacon, The History of the Reign of King Henry the Seventh, page 1:
      After that Richard, the third of that name, king in fact only, but tyrant both in title and regiment Patrono:... was Patrono:... overthrown and slain at Bosworth Field; there succeeded in the kingdom Patrono:... Henry the Seventh.</span>
  2. (obsolete except in set phrases) A wrongful or criminal deed.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ix:
      She was empassiond at that piteous act, / With zelous enuy of Greekes cruell fact, / Against that nation [...].
    He had become an accessory after the fact.
  3. (obsolete) Feat.
  4. An honest observation.
  5. Something actual as opposed to invented.
    In this story, the Gettysburg Address is a fact, but the rest is fiction.
  6. Something which has become real.
    The promise of television became a fact in the 1920s.
  7. Something concrete used as a basis for further interpretation.
    Let's look at the facts of the case before deciding.
  8. An objective consensus on a fundamental reality that has been agreed upon by a substantial number of people.
    There is no doubting the fact that the Earth orbits the Sun.
  9. Information about a particular subject.
    The facts about space travel.


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