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Истина

[‘istina]

Objective reality that is more true than the truth. To discover istina, people need to overcome difficulties and gain experience.

Istina stacks up against pravda, the more canonical and straightforward translation of the English word ‘truth’ (which draws from actual facts and is debatable). Istina, on the other hand, speaks to primordial spirituality. It describes the intrinsic nature of things and is often hidden from common people. The term is usually used in a philosophical and poetic context.


* Untranslatable words and terms explaining Russian reality