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Monday word (phrase): home truth

home truth, noun

An indisputable fact or basic truth, especially one that is discomforting to acknowledge.

Etymology:
According to the dictionary, this is from the early 1700s.
Using Google books, it is possible to find uses of the phrase from that time period;
the following is from 'Characteristics of men, manners, opinions, times' by Anthony Ashley Cooper Shaftesbury, which was originally published in 1711:
"If he has indiscreetly spoken some home-truth, or discovered some secret which strikes at the temporal interests of certain spiritual societies, he is quickly doom'd to calumny and defamation."
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