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For example:

He never held the truth from us, he is a _____.

I know there are plenty of adjectives to describe this type of person, but I'm looking for more of a noun like a "warrior or advocate of truth" if there is such a word.

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  • You could call somebody a truth-seeker. Does this fit, or are you looking for something stronger? – jmartindill Oct 26 '16 at 19:35
  • It runs in the family. He never held the truth form us, he is a direct descendant of George Washington. – Peter Point Oct 26 '16 at 19:39
  • And I would add that you could probably use the phrase "advocate of truth" here and people would know exactly what you are saying, even if it isn't an established phrase. – jmartindill Oct 26 '16 at 19:39
  • truth-teller: thefreedictionary.com/Truth-teller – GoldenGremlin Oct 26 '16 at 19:44
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    Possible duplicate of One word noun for "truth-teller"? – GoldenGremlin Oct 26 '16 at 19:44
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"Honest" is too short to finish up your sentence, so let's do it like this:

He never held the truth from us, he is honest to a fault.

This has the advantage that this guy takes honesty to an extreme. But this is not a criticism. It just means he doesn't have a dishonest or exaggerating hair on his body.

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"He always tells the truth, he is FRANK.

open, honest, and direct in speech or writing, especially when dealing with unpalatable matters. "a long and frank discussion"

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If you are talking about honesty in telling the truth, I'd go with "candid", which means

saying what you think openly and honestly; not hiding your thoughts

http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/candid

There are other synonyms of of course:

frank, candid, open, plain mean showing willingness to tell what one feels or thinks. frank stresses lack of shyness or secretiveness or of evasiveness from considerations of tact or expedience . candid suggests expression marked by sincerity and honesty especially in offering unwelcome criticism or opinion . open implies frankness but suggests more indiscretion than frank and less earnestness than candid . plain suggests outspokenness and freedom from affectation or subtlety in expression .

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candid

Note, however, these words have to do mainly with being honest with others and telling your thoughts and feelings to them. It's more of a concept about communication and relationship between people. It is different from a philosopher or political activist who is in search of truth or vows to discover the truth about something. In that case, a truth-seeker or any of your more descriptive terms seem to be more accurate.

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