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    Meaning of sentense

    Hello Friends,
    Myself Vishal and I am new to this forum. By profession I am a Metallurgical Engineer.
    As a part of my job, I have to frequently come across many standard Institutions, societies etc.
    Recently, our company Bharat Forge get a DNV approval. When I searched on the net about the term
    DNV it is "Det Norske Veritas".
    Now my question is that what is the exact translation of this sentense "Det Norske Veritas" in
    English. I am particularly interested in the English translation of the term "Veritas". Since I got the
    meaning of remaining two words on net.
    Can anybody please explain?

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    Re: Meaning of sentense

    Based on a limited knowledge of Danish, I'll have a go. Danish, Swedish and Norwegian are similar in written form, although they are very different from one another in pronunciation.

    Det Norske Veritas is the name of a corporation, and therefore need not mean anything at all. But it can be interpreted as The Norwegian Truth.

    Det is the definite article and Norske means Norwegian. Det Norske means The Norwegian. Veritas, on the other hand, is Latin for truth. The Scandianavian languages have their own words for truth, so veritas must remain Latin, but is a very well-known word as Latin words go .

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    Re: Meaning of sentense

    Hello Probus,
    First of all thank you very very much for your valuable reply. I get your point clear however when we translate the sentence
    "Det Norske Veritas" literally in English it comes out to be "The Norwegian Truth". However this translation doesn't make any sense at all. As per my perspective since the DNV i.e. Det Norske Veritas is an Standard organisation, the word "Veritas" may have some peculiar meaning associated with it. However I might be wrong.
    If you or anybody please elaborate this if have some additional information about it.

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    Re: Meaning of sentense

    Don't translate it. They are deliberately using Latin here.

    They are using "veritas" because they are a standards and testing organization. You are supposed to trust them to know what is "true" and what is not.

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