honestly


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hon·est·ly

 (ŏn′ĭst-lē)
adv.
1. In an honest manner.
2. Used as an intensive: I honestly don't care.
interj.
Used to express mild disapproval or dismay: Honestly! Look at the mess you've made.

honestly

(ˈɒnɪstlɪ)
adv
1. in an honest manner
2. (intensifier): I honestly don't believe it.
interj
an expression of disgust, surprise, etc

hon•est•ly

(ˈɒn ɪst li)

adv.
1. in an honest manner.
2. really; truly; genuinely: I honestly don't know.
interj.
3. (used to express mild exasperation, disbelief, dismay, etc.): Honestly! You're always busy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.honestly - (used as intensives reflecting the speaker's attitude) it is sincerely the case that; "honestly, I don't believe it"; "candidly, I think she doesn't have a conscience"; "frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn"
intensifier, intensive - a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies; "`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier"; "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"
2.honestly - in an honest mannerhonestly - in an honest manner; "in he can't get it honestly, he is willing to steal it"; "was known for dealing aboveboard in everything"
deceitfully, dishonestly, venally - in a corrupt and deceitful manner; "he acted dishonestly when he gave the contract to his best friend"

honestly

adverb
1. ethically, legitimately, legally, in good faith, on the level (informal), lawfully, honourably, by fair means, with clean hands charged with failing to act honestly in his duties as an officer
2. frankly, plainly, candidly, straight (out), truthfully, to your face, in plain English, in all sincerity It came as a shock to hear him talk so honestly about an old friend.
3. really, actually, truly, genuinely, assuredly Did you honestly think we wouldn't notice?
Translations
بِأَمَانَةٍبِشَرَفبِصِدْق، بأمانَه
poctivěvážně!namouduši
ærligthelt ærligt
rehellisesti
pošteno
Isten bizony!
heiîarlegaheyrîu mig nú!/samt sem áîur!í raun og veru
正直に
정직하게
odkrito
ärligt talat
อย่างซื่อสัตย์
một cách trung thực

honestly

[ˈɒnɪstlɪ] ADV
1. (= truly) → sinceramente, francamente
I honestly believe this is the right decisioncreo sinceramente or francamente que ésta es la decisión correcta
he cannot honestly call this a good lawno puede, en honor a la verdad, llamar a esto una buena ley
no, honestly, I'm fineno, de verdad or de veras or en serio, estoy bien
I didn't do it, honestlyde verdad que no lo hice
do you honestly expect me to believe that?¿de verdad or de veras esperas que me lo crea?
I can honestly say that it doesn't bother mepuedo decir con toda sinceridad or franqueza que no me importa
I can't honestly say I ever knew him wellla verdad es que no puedo decir que lo conociese bien
can you honestly say you've ever thought about it?¿puedes decir sin mentir que has pensado alguna vez en ello?
I honestly thought you'd be pleasedde verdad or de veras pensé que te gustaría
2. (= truthfully) [speak, answer] → sinceramente, con sinceridad
3. (= legally) → honradamente
if he couldn't get money honestly, he stolesi no podía conseguir dinero honradamente, robaba
4. (showing exasperation) → vamos, por favor
"honestly," said Barbara, "that woman ..."-vamos or por favor -dijo Barbara -esa mujer ...
oh, honestly!¡por favor!, ¡anda, anda!

honestly

[ˈɒnɪstli]
adv
(= with integrity) [act, fight] → honnêtement (= truthfully) [speak, answer] → honnêtement
(= frankly) → honnêtement
I honestly don't know → Honnêtement, je n'en sais rien.
(used for emphasis)honnêtement
Honestly, I don't know anything about it → Honnêtement, je ne suis au courant de rien.
Did you honestly think we wouldn't notice? → Tu pensais honnêtement qu'on ne remarquerait pas ?
I honestly believe we can win → Je pense honnêtement que nous pouvons gagner.
exclvraiment
Honestly, Neil! Must you be quite so crude? → Vraiment, Neil, tu as besoin d'être si grossier ?
oh, honestly! → vraiment!

honestly

adv
(= truthfully) answerehrlich, aufrichtig; (= legally) earn moneyehrlich, auf ehrliche or redliche Weise; to talk about or discuss something openly and honestlyoffen und ehrlich über etw (acc)reden
(emph) say, believeehrlich, wirklich; call, think, expectwirklich; I honestly thought you’d be pleasedich dachte wirklich, dass du dich freuen würdest; no, honestly, I’m finenein, wirklich or (ganz) ehrlich, mir gehts gut; I don’t mind, honestlyes ist mir wirklich or ehrlich egal; honestly, it’s terribledas ist wirklich furchtbar; quite honestly I don’t remember itehrlich gesagt or um ehrlich zu sein, ich kann mich daran nicht erinnern; honestly! (showing exasperation) → also ehrlich or wirklich!

honestly

[ˈɒnɪstlɪ] advonestamente; (truly) → sinceramente, francamente
I didn't do it, honestly! → non l'ho fatto, sul serio!
honestly? → davvero?
honestly! (exasperated) → (ma) veramente!

honest

(ˈonist) adjective
1. (of people or their behaviour, statements etc) truthful; not cheating, stealing etc. My secretary is absolutely honest; Give me an honest opinion.
2. (of a person's appearance) suggesting that he is honest. an honest face.
3. (of wealth etc) not gained by cheating, stealing etc. to earn an honest living.
ˈhonestly adverb
1. in an honest way. He gained his wealth honestly.
2. used to stress the truth of what a person is saying. Honestly, that's exactly what he said; I honestly don't think it's possible.
interjection
used to express mild anger etc. Honestly! That was a stupid thing to do!
ˈhonesty noun
Surely, if you own up to something, you should be praised for your honesty, not punished.

honestly

بِأَمَانَةٍ poctivě ærligt ehrlich ειλικρινά de verdad rehellisesti honnêtement pošteno onestamente 正直に 정직하게 echt hederlig uczciwie honestamente честно ärligt talat อย่างซื่อสัตย์ dürüstçe một cách trung thực 诚实地
References in classic literature ?
A passionate desire to have him un- derstand the import of life, to learn to interpret it truly and honestly, swept over her.
Tell me honestly, has my father anything to do with it?
It was overpoweringly ridiculous,--we must honestly confess it, --the deportment of the maiden lady while setting her shop in order for the public eye.
Could I have preserved the picturesque force of his style, and the humourous colouring which nature taught him how to throw over his descriptions, the result, I honestly believe, would have been something new in literature.
She threw back her head; she had clearly, by this time, and very honestly, adopted an attitude.
She did her work honestly, and did her full share, and I never wish to have a better partner in double harness.
Jurgis," she said, "I'd help you if I could, upon my word I would, but it happens that I've come out without my purse, and I honestly haven't a penny with me: I can do something better for you, though--I can tell you how to get help.
Money is a great help everywhere;-- can't have too much, if you get it honestly.
This makes it impossible for a man to live honestly, and at the same time comfortably, in outward respects.
Many a poor sore-eyed student that I have heard of would grow faster, both intellectually and physically, if, instead of sitting up so very late, he honestly slumbered a fool's allowance.
If everybody about here was so honestly and sincerely afraid of Merlin's pretended magic as Clarence was, certainly a superior man like me ought to be shrewd enough to contrive some way to take advantage of such a state of things.
He knew, well enough, that in national emergencies he must not consider how he ought to act, as a man, but how he ought to act as a king; so he honestly tried to sink the man and be the king--but it was a failure, he only succeeded in being the female saint.