When you swear in a court of law, in most countries you say something like: " I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth".
But do you in real life? How many times a day do you enhance a story just this tiny bit, so that it is a little more glamorous, or exciting, or believable, or palatable?
Veracity is a seldom used word in ordinary conversations. I've yet to meet the person who says: "And what's the veracity of that?"
If you look it up in Wikipedia (and I have) there is no page for it; you get directed to the page for honesty instead, and this is only a couple of paragraphs long.
One of the nicest quotes I could find about veracity is by Margaret Mitchell, the lauded writer of Gone With the Wind (does anyone still read this in 2014?):
Today we Dutchmen had the chance to vote in the European elections. I wonder how many of my countrymen and countrywomen stayed true to their beliefs.