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.

  • You could call somebody a truth-seeker. Does this fit, or are you looking for something stronger? Oct 26, 2016 at 19:35
  • It runs in the family. He never held the truth form us, he is a direct descendant of George Washington. Oct 26, 2016 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. Oct 26, 2016 at 19:39
  • truth-teller: thefreedictionary.com/Truth-teller
    – DyingIsFun
    Oct 26, 2016 at 19:44
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    Possible duplicate of One word noun for "truth-teller"?
    – DyingIsFun
    Oct 26, 2016 at 19:44

3 Answers 3


"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.


"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"


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


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 .


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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