- Def: Fact 1. something that actually exists; reality; truth; 2. something known to exist or to have happened; 3. a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true; 4. something said to be true or supposed to have happened; 5. knowledge or information based on real occurrences;
- Origin: 1530–40; < L factum something done, deed, n. use of neut. of factus done, ptp. of facere to do;
- Synonyms: actuality, appearance, authenticity, basis, case, certainty, certitude, concrete happening, evidence, experience, genuineness, gospel, intelligence, palpability, permanence, scene, scripture, solidity, stability, substantiality, truth, verity.