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fact (n.)

1530年代, “行动, 所做的任何事情”, 特别是“恶行”, 来自拉丁文 factum “事件, 发生, 行为, 成就”, 在中世纪的拉丁文中也是“状态, 条件, 情况”, 字面意思是“所做的事情” (来源也是古法语 fait, 西班牙语 hecho, 意大利语 fatto), 名词使用 factus 的中性词, facere 的过去分词“做” (来自PIE词根 *dhe- “设置, 放” ). “已知为真的事情” 的主要现代意义来自1630年代, 来自“实际发生过的事情” 的概念.

比较 feat, 它是较早通过法语采用同一个词. Facts “事物的真实状态(区别于信仰的陈述)” 来自1630年代. In fact “在现实中” 来自1707年. Facts of life “严酷的现实” 来自1854年; “人的性功能” 的委婉意义最早记录于1913年. facts and figures 的连词对仗是从1727年开始的.

Facts and Figures are the most stubborn Evidences; they neither yield to the most persuasive Eloquence, nor bend to the most imperious Authority. [Abel Boyer, “The Political State of Great Britain,” 1727]

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Definitions of fact

fact (n.)
a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred;
first you must collect all the facts of the case
fact (n.)
a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened;
he supported his argument with an impressive array of facts
fact (n.)
an event known to have happened or something known to have existed;
your fears have no basis in fact
how much of the story is fact and how much fiction is hard to tell
fact (n.)
a concept whose truth can be proved;
scientific hypotheses are not facts
From wordnet.princeton.edu